Thursday, September 15, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Nationals 10, Mets 1
By Matt Ehalt
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WHAT IT MEANS: After losing 10-1 to the Nationals on Thursday, the Mets have dropped six in a row at home to teams under .500, were swept by Washington/Montreal for the first time since 2003, finished 1-8 on their homestand to tumble into fourth place in the National League East. The Mets are also now just 31-44 at home this year.
WHERE ARE THE BATS?: In this four-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals, the Mets managed to score a grand total of five runs. Thursday, their lone run came on an RBI double by Jason Bay. In a pivotal spot in the seventh with the Mets down 3-1, David Wright flied out to left with two outs and the bases loaded and proceeded to slam his helmet toward the dugout.
BETTER EFFORT: Chris Schwinden went just five innings once again, but pitched better in his second career start. After giving up five runs last time out against Atlanta, Schwinden gave up two runs (one earned). While the Nationals put runners on in four of five innings, the rookie was able to work around trouble for most of the afternoon. He departed with his team trailing, 2-0.
SEVEN YEARS OF RUST: Valentino Pascucci made his first major league start in nearly seven years and made a costly gaffe in the field. With runners on first and third and one out in the fifth inning of a scoreless game, Pascucci could not field a slow groundball to first and it turned into a two-base error that led to the Nationals' second run. Pascucci also went 0-for-2 at the plate.
YES, A BALK: In what surely brought back bad memories for Mets fans, reliever Daniel Herrera balked in a run in the seventh inning to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead. Earlier this year, the Mets lost to the Braves on a walk-off balk by D.J. Carrasco.
ANOTHER ERROR: In the ninth inning, Wright committed his eighth error in his past 10 games and his sixth gaffe in the past six games. The third baseman has 18 errors in his injury-shortened season.
BULLPEN GONE BAD: The Mets' pen gave up eight runs in four innings, allowing Washington to run away with the game. Carrasco, Pedro Beato and Manny Acosta got charged with seven earned runs.
UP NEXT: The Mets head to Atlanta as they begin their final road trip of the season. Chris Capuano (10-12, 4.49 ERA) opposes Derek Lowe (9-14, 4.70) on Friday night at 7:35, R.A. Dickey (8-12, 3.43) pitches against Tim Hudson (14-10, 3.32) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m., and Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.37) takes the ball in the finale against Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.43) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.