Rapid Reaction: Mets Drop Third Straight In 3-1 Loss To Nationals

The Mets lost the second game in their series against the Nationals 3-1. They are on a three game losing streak and have lost seven of their last eight contests.

Pitching

Jacob deGrom got the start after being pushed back a day with a stiff neck. He came out looking dominant, striking out three in the first inning and sitting 96-98 MPH with his fastball. He cruised through the first three innings, before getting into trouble in the latter innings of his start. deGrom finished his start with ten strikeouts, his second start in a row with double digit strikeouts and a career high six walks. He gave up three runs in his 5.2 innings of work.

Josh Edgin came into the game with two on and two outs in the 6th inning. He got a big strikeout of Bryce Harper to end the inning.

Hansel Robles was perfect in the seventh and eighth inning, striking out two batters.

Jerry Blevins pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two, while allowing two to reach base on an error and a walk.

Offense

The Mets offense got off to a promising start against Gio Gonzalez, with Michael Conforto and Jay Bruce both working out walks in the first inning. However, Gonzalez was able to get out of the inning without any runs crossing the plate and would hold the Mets without a hit through the first five innings.

In the sixth inning, the slumping Jose Reyes lead off with a walk and Juan Lagares gave the Mets their first hit of the game with a line drive single up the middle. After a Conforto strikeout, Asdrubal Cabrera singled to drive in the Mets first and only run. Bruce and Neil Walker both struck out to end the rally.

The Mets failed to get a single base runner in the last three innings of the game.

Notes:

After dropping the first two games of this series, the Mets are now 2-6 in their last eight series against the Washington Nationals. The Mets are 10-26 in their last 36 games at Citi Field vs. the Nationals.

The Mets are 1-3 in their first four home series this year, dropping their last three.

Washington has now won six straight games and seven of its last eight. The last time the Nationals won six in a row was June 26-July 1, 2016.

Gio Gonzalez is now 12-5 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 career starts vs. the Mets and is 9-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 career starts at Citi Field.

On Deck

The Mets will try to get back on track and get a win against their division rivals Sunday night. Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.52 ERA) will be going against reigning Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer (2-1, 1.37 ERA).

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I fell in love with the Mets during the 2006 playoff run and became obsessed with the Mets minor league system while looking for a brighter future during the 2009-2014 era. I hope to provide interesting analysis of the minors and am excited to have the opportunity to write for MMO and MMN.