NY Mets: Top three Nationals players that I despise the most
The New York Mets have gone 137-151 against the Washington Nationals in their franchise history. The Nationals are considered one of, if not the biggest Mets rival currently and are a team I certainly do not like. When the Mets were still playing their home games at Shea Stadium, they fared pretty well against the Nats. They did not lose a season series against the Nats until their third year at Citi Field, 2011.
2011 was the first of four straight losing seasons against the Nats which saw the Mets go a combined 23-51 against their rivals from D.C. These four seasons saw the Nationals win two division titles while the Mets never had a season going over .500.
The Nats owned the Mets, especially at Citi Field. The Mets went just 8-30 against the Nats in their home ballpark during those four years and it was just painful to watch.
This all turned around in 2015 though, when the Mets won the division title and finally won a season series against the Nationals. From 2016 on, the Mets have gone 40-46 against the Nats, a far more respectable record.
As a Mets fan, this list of three players to choose from was the hardest for me to make within the division.
There are so many Nationals players who owned the Mets, especially during the down years. Gio Gonzalez for example has gone 15-6 with a 2.81 ERA against the Mets and has gone 11-2 with a 1.83 ERA at Citi Field. These numbers are just far better than the pitcher he actually was.
Ryan Zimmerman, a guy who has been a lifelong National and is just someone I have grown to hate since he was a star on a rival team, is not even on here. Trea Turner, a guy who seems to steal a base every game he plays against the Mets while getting big hits as well.
Then there’s also Wilson Ramos who was not a good Met and absolutely killed the Mets as a National. In his career, he has slashed .302/,330/.491 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI. He always seemed to come up with the big hit against the Mets.
With all of the bad memories I have against the Nationals, there are some very good ones as well. Probably my favorite regular-season home run occurred against the Nationals, the Wilmer Flores walk-off. The Mets swept that series and eventually a series at Nationals Park which helped them win the National League East in 2015. Then there’s also 2019 which included the Todd Frazier game-tying home run and the Michael Conforto walk-off hit to continue an outstanding winning streak the Mets had at the time while making a late-season playoff push.
There have been some good moments and some bad moments, but one thing has stayed constant. My hatred of these three Nationals Players.