Final Score: Nationals 5, Mets 1

The Mets (0-2) lost to the Nationals, 5-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field…


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Need to Know: Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez struck out six batters, while giving up just three hits to the Mets in six innings … Bartolo Colon was hit hard and let up a home run to the opposing team’s starting pitcher … The Mets had just two runners in scoring position all night … Ruben Tejada did not slide or try to avoid the catcher on a play at the plate, he just walked in to the catcher for the out … The Mets have struck out 31 times during the first two games of the season … Chris Young left the game after half an inning due to a quad injury >> Read a full AP recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.


Game Ball: The home plate umpire, who clearly earned his money tonight…


MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone: “I’ve heard Mets insiders dismiss their team’s high strike outs at the plate. They say, in an ideal world, it is off-set by outstanding defense and dominant pitching. However, it’s not a perfect world. And, on nights when they face a guy like Gonzalez, who is mixing his pitches well, the Mets make way too many quick-and-easy outs to get an offense going. It was a problem last season as well. It’s not always a problem, but, man, when it is, look out.”


W.B. Mason Post Game Extra: Post Game recap and reaction from SNY’s broadcast team…


What’s Next: The Mets conclude their three-game series at home against the Nationals on Thursday when Zack Wheeler faces Jordan Zimmerman at 1:10 p.m.




283 comments
Mike Nelly Briganti
Mike Nelly Briganti

He is a 300 pound whale. Not worth 20M. I disagree with signing that scrub from Stankees and fatty...

scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

Add a new hitting coach to this teams long list of needs.  I guess last years' "patient" approach at the plate produced nothing and so it's go to hacking this year.  A total overhaul is what's needed here. One man alone isn't the answer.  From GM to the training staff, they all need to go. Just a fantasy. A boy can dream..

triviaace
triviaace

Win 90 games!  This team is on the way to 90+ losses this year.   Who is to blame?  Well start at the top with Sandy Alderson who has built this team to fail.  His additions are old pitchers and weak hitters (with the exception of David Wright).  The bullpen is no better than last year's and we know how last year ended.  Then there's the manager Terry Collins.  This incompetent leader is taking the team down the proverbial rabbit hole.  Did you hear his post game news conference where he agreed with every players approach to the game, many times sounding like Casey Stengel except Casey knew baseball.  Terry is the yes-man that Sandy wanted and he provides no leadership and no baseball smarts.  Housecleaning at the top is required to avoid a total disaster in 2014. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Well, at least the Yankees are 0-2. And look every bit as anemic at the plate. What I find more troubling is that, other than Lagares and Wright, NO ONE on the team is hitting the ball remotely hard. And their approach at the plate is tenuous at best. As things stand now this is a very hard team to watch. Attendance yesterday listed at 29K. A lot of people must have come disguised as empty seats. And someone tell Keith that a turquoise pinky ring is not a good look for a Met icon.

Vince Haney
Vince Haney

When I was a kid, my Dad would talk about old Shibe Park and get a faraway look in his eye. Now that Shea is gone, I finally understand. On the bright side, when I finally hit the PowerBall, I'm buying the Mets outright. I will build a state-of-the art replica of Shea Stadium where it once stood, demolish Ebbets Museum and name Wally Backman manager for life. Bullpen pitchers will wear euthanasia collars like those Asian women in "Cloud Atlas", and then we will not just win, WE WILL DOMINATE.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

Man this team is hard to watch. Hate their hitting approach so far, just hacking away, no plate discipline. I know Collins takes a lot of heat and deservedly so, but Dave Hudgens' approach to hitting just isn't working with this team. The strikeouts are just God-awful.



cleonsvan
cleonsvan

I noticed left field gap is now 370 feet. Wasn't it 380 last year? Did they move the LF fence in again? Left field is a band box while right field is cavernous.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

Someone get Collins a Bartolo Colon baseball card. He's a FLY BALL pitcher. I think he was much closer to the bottom in ground ball ratio than he was the top. THat's kind of scary that the guys manager thinks he's a ground ball pitcher. He uses his fastball more than just about any pitcher in baseball so he's not a sinker ball pitcher. I could swear that Mets Blog had called Colon an extreme fly ball pitcher when he signed with the Mets. 

dv92
dv92

Wow this team is bad so far...Come on Mets!

Eddie McAniff
Eddie McAniff

Has anyone looked at April's schedule...We will be lucky to win 2 games this month....

mets69
mets69

Well it looks like all of Alderson's  "work" this offseason is a bust.... Young is injured.... no surprise.... Colon is awful.... no surprise.... and Granderson can't hit the side of a barn.... not totally unexpected but disappointing....  they broke the MLB record for strikeouts in consecutive games.... expect another double digit number to be added today... they may break the consecutive losses at home record.... the Citifield curse continues....

But... more infuriating is that Murphy's paternity leave has made national news....  I will never listen to Mike Francesa or Boomer and Carton again.... I encourage any person with a shred of moral decency and family values do the same.... how dare they make those statements on the air... and does any sane person out there think that Murphy's presence would have changed the outcome of either game.... not a chance.... the whole situation is an embarrassment to NY and all the decent radio hosts and media members out there.... so.... I do want to wish the Murphy family blessings of good health and prosperity... and hope that the Mets can at least win one game at home this year.... 

Jim Gandolfo
Jim Gandolfo

Truth is, the Nats are built to contend, we are built with glue and tooth picks. No one spoke about Colon not being able to bunt over Tejada, who would have easily scored on Lagares double and kept the inning going for Flores.  Then, still 3-2 with Flores and Wright.  That being said. Be prepared.  Be prepared for the worst season in recent history.  This BP is far beyond the lousy we have seen the past 3 seasons. Lagares is legit...but wow.  Florida is going to smoke us. 90 is definitely a possibility...but not in wins.

joebloe
joebloe

I wonder when all the "sign Granderson!!!" people will flip-flop and realize he's been a bust waiting waiting to happen. They'll act like they never wanted him signed. I said it on here when he was signed and I'll say it again, signing Granderson was a massive mistake.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

So far, the team has three players earning their paychecks:

David Wright

Juan Lagares

Dillon Gee

Michael Vincent DiPaula
Michael Vincent DiPaula

I thought we would be 10 games out of first place by the end the month, I might be wrong it may be the end of next weekend.

mystere24
mystere24

The only good take away from the first two games of the season regarding question marks on our roster is Juan Lagares, who should play 162 games in CF this year. He is probably the best defensive CF in Mets history. Beltran was the most graceful before his injuries and Dykstra and Mookie played with more abandon, but Lagares is something special.

I realize it's too early to draw any conclusions or panic, but if this becomes another lost season Sandy must draw definitive and accurate conclusions about all players and act on those conclusions. We cannot tolerate some of these players returning in the same role next year if they don't step up their game this season. With players like Tejada, this is one instance where the fans are way ahead of the front office in regard to player evaluation. It is a disgrace that Sandy let this season begin without addressing a REAL starting shortstop. Is there anyone reading this blog who wouldn't take the two years, $20 million contract we gave to old and fat Bartolo Colon and instead give it to Stephen Drew?

Given Murphy's return from paternity leave and Chris Young's injury, it looks like the starting lineup for a while will be 1. EY 2. Murph 3. Wright 4. Grandy 5. Lagares 6. Ike Duda 7. TDA 8. Tejada. We need EY, Murph and Grandy in particular to generate some offense today, Wheeler to step up and help us salvage the last game of the series.

thebeast
thebeast

Ground-outs, pop-outs, line-outs, can all be "productive outs" with runners on base. A strikeout will never be productive.

openmind6
openmind6

Hey Ruben, this is why no one likes you.......

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

I remember being in the stands at shea in the early 70"s, even though we were not a contender, it was still a fun atmosphere with the hope of better days to come. Our 2014 Mets and Ctitfield have a strange feel. I know many on this blog have said it's only 2 games but really, what are we we putting our faith in?? The Wilpons??? Sandy?? This is New York man, Mets fans deserve the best, not this debacle of a roster than anyone that looks at it and laughs. I see Pittsburgh, KC, Seattle all improved and we continue to go Backwards. It's frustrating because i know NY is National League Town, I hope better days are ahead

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

Thegood thing is I was able to turn off the TV and go to bed in the 4th, when the NATS took the lead :} This is going to be a long season, wait until 2015! This team has no heart, so far. I know it's early, but, what more than this can we hope to expect? When the pitcher hits a HR off you, it's GAME OVER, I mean really the pitcher!!?? I thought this team was bad, but, I had no idea they where this bad :{ On a bright note, ST is right around the corner ....hehehehehehehehe

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Arizona is now 1-4. When will they be trade-ready?

Ashley Byrd-White
Ashley Byrd-White

On a positive note I really like what we have seen from Lagaras. His defense is top notch, he went back on a handful of balls really well in Center last night. The big thing though is his approach at the plate has looked great. If he continues to hit he has to be the starting center fielder.

xplr
xplr

I wonder if Grandy is going to strike out 200 times this year

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

In this national team, even the pitcher can hit. Mets lineup is full of "hopefully"

xplr
xplr

We're still winning 90 games though, right?

Mont5
Mont5

The Mets need a better SS, and a everyday 1B to be a better team. This idea of having and waiting for Tejada to get better is not working. This idea of waiting for someone to win the 1B is not a good idea. Those 2 problems is deflating this team.

knowledge9
knowledge9

We need Wally and we need him now!!!!

scrubsdoc
scrubsdoc

@Vince Haney  In my version the replicants are in the front office.  That's where the collars are with one each for Jeff and Fred, Cubic zirconia encrusted.  Ashes scattered over the junkyards of Roosevelt Ave to the strains of Huey Lewis and the News 'Giving it all up for Love'.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@mets69 Oh, get over yourself. People are so easily offended. Boomer like Keith is old-school. If a player took time off in their day they would have been blasted in the locker room. I'm pretty sure Boomer is a great husband and Dad.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@Jim Gandolfo  - I think people overreact to 2 games. The bullpen has potential to be very goo if they stick some of the young guys in there like deGrom, Montero (for a season), Black and Walters. I think this is a better team than last year but not by a huge margin. I see them winning 84 games if they stay reasonably healthy. 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@joebloe  - I wonder if the people that say he's the next Jason Bay will embrace him if he hits 20+ hr's and drives in 80+ runs. 


He sure wasn't my first choice but I'm not going to call him a bust after 2 games and 9 ABs. 

openmind6
openmind6

@joebloe

I don't think it was a mistake, he's an above average hitter with good power and is far above anything else in the Mets lineup. The Mets had to get "somebody and he was it. It is only the 2nd game you know.

Vin Edgar Strokes
Vin Edgar Strokes

I blame the third base coach. The coach took the bait and sent Ruben, one of the slowest guys on the team, home. . I credit Harper

triviaace
triviaace

2015 will be even longer if Alderson and Collins are still here.

metslaw
metslaw

@Ashley Byrd-White I thought he should have caught he ball at the warning track that lead to their runs.  He slowed up and was scared.  Sorry when you are not a top hitter you need to o for that ball.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

You got it all wrong..it was 90 loses; some fan has already started the count down to 90.

bleck319
bleck319

Nope. We need better players.

If Wally were here, Tejada would still suck. Ike would still suck. Duda would still suck. Chris Young would still be hurt, and would still suck. Grandy would still struck out a ton. d'Arnaud would still be a big question mark at the plate. And the bullpen would still suck.

mets69
mets69

@cleonsvan @mets69  

He should have kept his mouth shut.... that is the point.... this should have been a non-issue.... same for Francesa.... why even comment on this.... unless you were congratulating him on the birth of his son.... this put Murphy in a terrible situation.... for what.... the whole situation is more of an embarrassment than anything else.... there were bigger stories to comment on.... like how many times the bullcrap pen gave up the lead.... or how many strikeouts this team had..... really.... sometimes it is prudent to just say nothing.... and prevent this nonsense from happening.... 

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Agree totally. Probably shouldn't have been sent, but it was an agressive call and Harper made it happen.

openmind6
openmind6

@Vin Edgar

No slide, no attempt to get out of the way. Ruben looked like he couldn't care less.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@metslaw @Ashley Byrd-White  - Lagares goes back on balls as well as anyone in the league. He makes very difficult plays look routine. I've never seen the guy take a bod route or get a bad read. I've never seen him shy away from the wall either. 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@bleck319  - Tejada hasn't been bad though. THe first game was on the bullpen and this game they got shut down by a very good pitcher. 

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@nolrog  - And he seems to think Colon is a ground ball pitcher ;-s


How is the guy going to set his defense if he thinks his FLY BALL pitcher is really a ground ball pitcher? Am I the only one that is shocked by that? 

nolrog
nolrog

That's true, but Collins never seems to get much out of that talent. His bullpen management is atrocious and he is terrible at in game strategy.