MMO Game Recap: Nationals 8, Mets 2

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals today at Citi Field by the score of 8-2. With the loss, the Mets get swept in their opening series to begin the season with an 0-3 record.

Zack Wheeler started for the Mets and allowed three earned runs over six innings, tossing a total of 114 pitches, one short of his career high. Wheeler allowed seven hits including a home run, and two walks while striking out six batters.

The bullpen struggled mightily today and Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia and Carlos Torres surrendered five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game out of reach. This bullpen has had nine awful appearances out of ten so far this season… Totally unacceptable.

Offensively, the Mets struck out eight more times today, but had plenty of chances to do some damage with seven hits and four walks and didn’t.

Eric Young went hitless in the leadoff spot and is now 0-for-9 with five strikeouts. Travis d’Arnaud is also hitless in three games.

Curtis Granderson finally came alive and went 2-for-4, with two doubles and an RBI, while
Juan Lagares added a double, sac fly and RBI. He continues to make solid contact.

This game was difficult to watch. It felt like there was a malaise setting in. Lazy at-bats, lackadaisical play in the field, just an atmosphere you wouldn’t expect in only the third game of the season.

Plus the stadium was dead as a door nail…

The Mets need to make a decision at first base, this is wearing thin on everyone.

So far that fast start in April I said this team needed isn’t looking so good…

Come on guys, liven up and have some fun…

Anyway, the Mets host the Cincinnati Reds for a weekend series at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia toes the rubber on Friday in a 7:10 PM start.

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