Apr 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

4/3 Game Recap: Mets fall to Nats 8-2

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Thursday at Citi Field, the Mets lost their third straight to the Nationals.

Game Recap:

The Mets jumped out to an early lead when Curtis Granderson stroked an RBI double and Juan Lagares delivered a sacrifice fly to put New York on top 2-0 in the first.

The Nationals got on the board in the second, when Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer to left.

In the fifth, the Nationals jumped on top 3-2 when Denard Span and Jayson Werth both hit RBI singles.

The Nationals added four runs in the seventh to break the game open, notching two runs off Scott Rice and two more (one earned) off Jeurys Familia.

In the top of the eighth, the Nationals added another run to increase their lead to 8-2 and close out the scoring.

Highlights:
  • Zack Wheeler threw 114 pitches over 6 innings of work, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 6.
  • Daniel Murphy went 1 for 3 with a run scored, and made 2 errors at second base.

Thoughts:

When a team looks bad over the first three games of the season, it will always be magnified. However, the way in which the Mets were swept by Washington was alarming.

Most of that has to do with how bad the bullpen was in the series, combining to allow 13 runs in three games.

The offense has also been listless, scoring early and then going into hibernation as the game moves into the middle and late innings.

It’s still extremely early, but it would behoove the Mets to get things in gear soon – especially with the 90-win statement now stapled to everything they do.

Next Up:

The Mets open a three-game set with the Reds Friday night. Jenrry Mejia gets the start for New York.

 

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