It’s funny, the season isn’t over yet Semisonic’s “Closing Time” appears to be blaring quite loudly. The equally sub-par Washington Nationals man-handled the [apparently] more mediocre New York Mets in last night’s contest. Aside from bashing the Mets for ten runs, they also swept the series. Yes, swept. The entire series…
Despite the final tally, Mets starter Chris Schwinden actually pitched decently. Schwinden hurled five innings, giving-up four hits, two runs (one earned), two walks, while striking-out three batters. The real issue on the pitching end was the bullpen. While D.J. Carrasco surrendered an earned-run in 1.3 innings of work, it was really Pedro Beato and Manny Acosta that handed the game to the Nationals. Beato and Acosta combined for seven runs–with six of them being earned. The twosome didn’t exactly do a good job of preserving a winnable game.
And for the second game in-a-row, the Mets hitters were baffled by yet another Nationals youngster debut. Tom Milone threw 5.6 barely-touched innings, giving-up three hits, one earned-run, three walks, while striking-out four Mets. After Milone exited, the Nationals bullpen took care of the rest, posting a combined 3.3 scoreless innings. It seems like an on-going trend, but Mets hitters went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and left ten men on-base. To Jason Bay and Ruben Tejada‘s credit, they both enjoyed multi-hit games (who cares).
To make matters worse, David Wright recorded his eighteenth error. On the season, Wright owns a -16.7 UZR/150 and -2.7 ErrR, which rank him third worse and tied for second worst, respectively. Even though Wright’s back injury has probably had a negative effect on his defense this season, the third baseman hasn’t posted a positive UZR/150 since 2008.
The Mets are now 71-79.
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