Kevin Kernan of the New York Post writes…
Once again Mets bats could not make solid contact, the bullpen was atrocious, and the defense was dreadful as the Mets were swept away by the Nationals, 8-2, Thursday at Citi Field before an announced crowd of 20,561, but was more like 6,000.
Two scouts who watched the Mets take batting practice said they had never seen a team so “lifeless’’ after just two games of the season.
Then it got worse.
The 0-3 Mets never had been swept at home in a season-opening three-game series. Never.
Asked if there is a malaise around the team already, manager Terry Collins said, “I wouldn’t say it is a concern at this moment, but it can grow into one, for sure.’’
“I assure you, we’re better than what you’ve seen the last three days.”
In my season preview I wrote that what the Mets needed more than anything else was to hit the ground running in April. It would have gotten all the monkeys off their back. Clearly, they couldn’t have scripted a worse start to the season than they have.
A bullpen with an ERA over 10.00 over their first nine innings, a team batting average of .147 with 38 strikeouts, and a three game sweep at home to open the season…
Sad, but true…