The Mets got the better of the Nats in the opening series of the season, taking two of three games in the nation’s capital. Our Troy Jefferson takes you through the series and gives you his takeaways.
Monday: Mets 3, Nats 1
Max Scherzer’s debut as a National was ruined by defensive miscues, specifically errors by Ian Desmond. Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and had a stretch where he retired 17 batters in a row. What should’ve been a routine inning turned into a clinic on how to not play baseball. David Wright reached base on a popup that should’ve been an easy out for Dan Uggla but Ian Desmond came across the field to call off Uggla and ended up dropping the ball. Lucas Duda made the Nats pay for their mistake and bought home two runs with a RBI single. Desmond committed another error in the seventh inning on a bad throw to first base, which led to another Mets run. It would be all the Mets needed as the Nationals lone run came on a solo homer from Bryce Harper.
Wednesday: Mets 1, Nats 2
Game two was another low scoring affair. Ryan Zimmerman put the Nationals on the board early with a two run homerun to left field. From there, Jordan Zimmermann took care of business, scattering five hits through six innings and allowing just one earned run. Craig Stammen, Blake Treinen and Drew Storen came out of the bullpen and shut down the door in near perfect fashion. The trio combined to work three innings and allow only two baserunners: one off a hit (Treinen) and one via a walk (Stammen). Storen sat the Mets down one,two,three to give Washington their first win of the season.
Thursday: Mets 6, Nats 3
It looked early on like Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg would engage in a pitching duel to close out the series… that hope died in the top of the fourth inning. Once again, Ian Desmond gave the Mets a couple of runs because of an error. David Wright hit what looked to be a routine ground ball to the shortstop but Desmond didn’t field the ball cleanly, allowing the inning to continue. New York would put up four runs in the inning and would add two more in the sixth inning. The Nationals put three runs up in the later innings but it was too little too late. Strasburg was charged with three earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
• Until Werth, Span and Rendon come back from the DL, Washington will have to play “clean” games defensivly. Right now, the lineup doesn’t have the firepower to overcome silly mistakes.
• The pitching staff is as good as advertised
• Ryan Zimmerman looked pretty comfortable at first base
• The Mets are no longer a circled win on the schedule