The Mets were shut out last night in a 3 to 0 defeat handed to them by the Washington Nationals. It was out of the ordinary to see the Mets offense quieted in that way given offensive explosions that have become commonplace particularly on this road trip. Despite the loss there were two things that were encouraging to see. Firstly, the Mets pitching only gave up 3 runs which came on a hanging knuckler by R.A. Dickey that Jason Werth crushed for a 3 run homer.
Secondly the no-quit Mets in the top of the ninth got the bases loaded that came about with a walk to David Wright and singles by Jason Bay and Josh Thole. Willie Harris struck out to end the game but the larger picture is that, contrary to the last couple of years, the Mets were clawing and fighting their way back.
This current road trip resulted in 4 game sweep victory against the Reds. The Mets so far have broken even with the Nationals and today afternoon game will determine who wins the current 3 game series in Washington D.C.
Jason Bay has been steadily showing signs of improvement while Angel Pagan struggles at the plate. Reyes has been hitting the ball hard but his line drives have been hit right into the gloves of the infielders and outfielders for outs. Justine Turner has a 10 game hitting streak while David Wright and Daniel Murphy continue to be the bedrock of the Mets lineup.
While listening to Gary Cohen and Ron Darling last night they mentioned that the Mets this season have more wins on the road than any other team in the big leagues. I think this has less to do with the the teams comfort level on the road and more to do with the team having the misfortune of having their star players being on the bench due to illness and injury when they have been home. The last game at Citi Field that I attended this month had Wright, Beltran and Reyes absent from the lineup. As Pachanga from the film Carlito’s Way said, “Sometimes it bees that way, Papi.”
Lastly, that throw that Rick Ankiel made last night was sick. The Nationals left fielder didn’t catch a ball hit in his direction so Ankiel backed him up threw a laser to the catcher from the outfield. The ball went straight from Ankiel’s hand to the catchers glove to gun down the Mets baserunner trying to score from third base.