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Game Recap: Nats continue dominance over Mets, win 3-0

By Rich Sparago
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The Mets took the field at Citi today, hoping to split their 4-game series with the Nationals. The Nationals were looking to continue their matery of the Mets, and go 13-3 this season against their rivals from Gotham. The Mets sent Jon Niese (8-10, 3.59 ERA) to the mound against Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93 ERA). On this day, the Nationals again dominated the Mets, riding Zimmermann’s pitching and 2-run home run from Wilson Ramos to the 3-0 victory.

May 16, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher

Jon Niese

(49) throws during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills

-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap:

  • The game was scoreless until the 7th, when Ramos connected for a long home run to right-center field. He knew it was gone off the bat, and admired it a little before beginning his trot around the bases. Ian Desmond scored in front of Ramos.
  • Washington added a run in the 9th on some shoddy Mets defense. There were runners on first and third with two outs when Danny Espinosa broke for second (the old “steal a run” play). The Mets had Desmond out, but Wilmer Flores dropped the ball on the tag, allowing Ramos to score from third.
  • The Mets had several chances against Zimmermann, but were unable to break through. The Mets left 9 on base against Zimmermann, and 11 total on the day.
  • Niese pitched well in defeat (7 IP, 2 ER, 7K, 0 BB).
  • Carlos Torres pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief.
  • Wilmer Flores had 2 hits in today’s game.

Thoughts:

As Gary Cohen mentioned during the broadcast, the Mets are receiving a free lesson in what it will take for them to be competitive when they face Washington. Not only do the Nationals treat the Mets as if New York does not have the right to be on the field with them, the Nationals find ways to win. They either club their way to victories, or if the Mets pitch well, the Nats will find a way to out-pitch them.

Kudos to Bartolo Colon for trying to send a message to Washington on Thursday night by hitting Jayson Werth. However, Washington has too many weapons for which the Mets have no answer. These teams are clearly worlds apart on the talent scale, and Sandy Alderson will have to find ways to close the talent gap this winter. It will not be an easy task.

Up Next:

The Mets welcome the Marlins to Citi on Monday night for a three-game series. Jacob deGrom will pitch the opener for New York.

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