Thursday at Citi Field, the Mets lost their third straight to the Nationals.
The Nationals got on the board in the second, when Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo homer to left.
In the top of the eighth, the Nationals added another run to increase their lead to 8-2 and close out the scoring.
- Zack Wheeler threw 114 pitches over 6 innings of work, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 6.
- David Wright went 1 for 4 with a run scored.
- Juan Lagares went 1 for 3 with an RBI.
- Daniel Murphy went 1 for 3 with a run scored, and made 2 errors at second base.
- The Mets bullpen struggled again. Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia, and Carlos Torres combined to allow 5 runs in 2 innings of work.
- Gonzalez Germen tossed a scoreless inning.
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.
The Mets open a three-game set with the Reds Friday night. Jenrry Mejia gets the start for New York.