MMO Game Recap: Nationals 5, Mets 1

An article by posted on April 2, 2014

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The packed stadium was now empty. The dressings of Opening Day gone. Day turned to night. And the Mets still in search of their 2014 offense. For the first time since 2005, the Mets will start the season 0-2. Also, for the first time since 1997, they start the season 0-2 at home.

The Nationals defeated the Mets 5-1 in mundane fashion on a chilly, Wednesday night. It is still extremely early in the season – two games – but Mets fans are already concerned that there will be too many nights with the vibe of Wednesday. A dead atmosphere at Citi. A dead team in the standings.

The Mets have struck out in nearly 50% of their 2014 at-bats. 47% to be exact. They broke a franchise record with 31 strikeouts in their first two games. Per Elias, also a modern record for the Nationals pitching staff for most strikeouts in the first two games of a season.

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Key Plays

  • Leading off the fifth inning, with the game tied 1-1, Ian Desmond hit a home run to give the Nats a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
  • In the fourth inning, Adam LaRoche doubled home Jayson Werth to tie the game 1-1.
  • The stake in the heart. Gio Gonzalez hit a home run, two batters after Desmond hit his own, to give the Nats a 3-1 lead.

Starter Focus

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon became the fourth ex-Cy Young winner to make a debut for the Mets since 2003. The previous were Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, and Tom Glavine.

Colon is known for throwing fastballs and pitching to contact. He did that tonight, but found too much hard contact. 30% of balls hit off him in play were line drives. He also allowed 39% fly balls, two turning into home runs. 

Pitch TypeVelo (Max)H-BreakV-BreakCountStrikes / %Swings / %Whiffs / %BIP (No Out)SNIPs / %LWTS
FT (Two-seam Fastball)89.2 (92.0)-8.924.481313 / 100.0%11 / 84.6%1 / 7.7%10 (5)3 / 100.0%-0.07
FF (Four-seam Fastball)92.0 (94.2)-4.389.0699 / 100.0%9 / 100.0%0 / 0.0%9 (3)0 / 0.0%2.29
CH (Changeup)82.3 (83.5)-8.345.2944 / 100.0%4 / 100.0%1 / 25.0%3 (1)1 / 100.0%-0.12
SL (Slider)82.4 (82.4)4.07-2.7011 / 100.0%1 / 100.0%0 / 0.0%1 (0)0 / 0.0%-0.12

Gio Gonzalez

Gio Gonzalez continued his dominance against the Mets at Citi Field, improving to 5-0 with an ERA below two.

As hard as Colon was hit (30% line drives), the Mets barely squared their bats against any of Gio’s pitches, as he allowed only 6.7% of balls in play to be line drives. Gonzalez struck out six of the 22 batters that he faced. He produced groundballs 60% of the time.

Pitch TypeVelo (Max)H-BreakV-BreakCountStrikes / %Swings / %Whiffs / %BIP (No Out)SNIPs / %LWTS
FT (Two-seam Fastball)93.3 (95.7)11.746.172218 / 81.8%12 / 54.5%1 / 4.5%5 (1)13 / 76.5%-0.70
FF (Four-seam Fastball)94.0 (95.4)7.679.252718 / 66.7%13 / 48.1%1 / 3.7%3 (1)15 / 62.5%-0.94
CH (Changeup)84.5 (86.1)10.563.761810 / 55.6%7 / 38.9%3 / 16.7%3 (1)7 / 46.7%1.24
CU (Curveball)80.3 (81.9)-4.29-9.162313 / 56.5%10 / 43.5%4 / 17.4%3 (1)10 / 50.0%-0.83

Game Notes

  • Chris Young left the game due to injury.
  • The Mets broke a 16 consecutive inning scoreless streak that Gio Gonzalez had on the team in the first inning. But he has now only allowed 1 run over 22 innings.
  • Curtis Granderson is off to a slow start. He is now 0-9 with five strikeouts.
  • Juan Lagares has been the bright spot so far. He added two more hits tonight. He is 4-8 in the first two games.
Win Probability Chart courtesy of FanGraphs. Detailed pitching data courtesy of Brooks Baseball.

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Jeffrey Bellone is a diehard Mets fan who lives in Connecticut with his beautiful wife and daughter.

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