The Mets (27-19) defeated the Nationals (28-19) 2-0 today in Washington D.C. to pull a half game behind in the National League East race.
Another day, another dominant start by Steven Matz. Since his terrible first start in early April, Matz has been nothing short of wonderful, and took his game to a new level this afternoon.
Matz went eight innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out seven and not giving up a run.He was also pretty efficient, tossing 71 of his 104 pitches for strikes.
It looked like Matz got stronger deeper into the game, still able to throw 95 mile per hour fastballs (quick for him) in the late innings. Terry Collins left him in for a big at-bat against Bryce Harper with a man on in the bottom of the eighth, when he finished off his game by inducing a weak ground ball to second.
Jeurys Familia ran into trouble in the ninth but got out of it with his 16th save of the year. He remains perfect in save situations.
It was another eerily quiet day for the Mets offense, but they did enough to win.
One of the lone bright spots on the day was David Wright, who gave the Mets a very early 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first off Tanner Roark. It was Wright’s sixth homer of the year. He was 1-for-4 on the day, bringing his batting line to .226/.352/.421.
The Mets put together a small rally in the seventh, capitalizing on a Daniel Murphy error. With Matt Reynolds on second, Eric Campbell hit a ground ball that got past Murphy, setting up a first and third situation for Rene Rivera. Rivera hit a liner to left that dropped in for a run-scoring single to make it 2-0 Mets.
The Mets only scratched out five hits on the afternoon, two of which came off the bat of Neil Walker. Roark was quite good, tossing seven innings of two-run ball.
The Mets head home to begin a three-game series with the Dodgers on Friday as Jacob deGrom (41 IP, 3.07 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 2.4 BB/9) faces off against Alex Wood (51.1 IP, 4.03 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9). First pith is at 7:10.