Game Recap: Nationals 5, Mets 2

The Nationals beat the Mets, 5-2, in Washington DC tonight >> Read a full recap and boxscore at SNY.TV.



The Nationals have won nine straight games against the Mets dating back to last season.

Jon Niese (2-3) allowed five runs, three earned, in four innings. It was Niese’s shortest outing since June 20, 2013. In the first inning, David Wright misplayed a ground ball for an error that eventually led to a run.

Nationals starter Tanner Roark (3-1) pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, after which Washington’s relievers threw four scoreless innings.

The Mets snapped a 22-inning scoreless streak, their second longest of the season, with two runs in the fifth. Lucas Duda scored on a groundout by Ruben Tejada and Eric Young later hit a double that brought home Anthony Recker to make the score 5-2.

The Mets brought the potential tying run to the plate in the seventh inning, but Duda flied out. Rafael Soriano got his ninth save of the year after walking two batters with two outs before Jayson Werth made a jumping catch against the right field wall on an almost-home run by Daniel Murphy.


The Mets continue their three-game series with the Nationals on Saturday at 4 pm in DC when Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84 ERA) faces Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97 ERA).




107 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Every so often Niese will have a game like this. He did not look at all comfortable from the get-go. But there is no excuse for making Taylor Roark look like Don Drysdale. Murphy is one of the few guys actually hitting right now but his defense is another story altogether. Move him to 1B and play EYJr at 2B if you must.  Wright gets into these periodic funks every season. HIs plate discipline is awful and he's missing pitches that he should crush. Bottom line: We are where we started the year. No offense from C, SS, 1B and RF.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

Is this what we have to look forward in Wright for the next 8 years?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Wright's spotty hitting and strikeouts in key situations are an old story. This time around it may be affecting his fielding. Looks like he needs a rest.

mets63
mets63

If you people beleive Langares is the answer your wrong.The legend will be over in two weeks.Another .250 hitter with no power.Hope I am wrong,but don't think so.While we are at it put Campbell 1B,Fores SS,Lutz 3BLangares CF.Let's have some fun and what we have

GO BOLD  TRADE WRIGHT , PUT FLORES AT 3RD BASE GET SAME OUTPUT

MURPHY ON FIRST,  GET A SHORTSTOP SOMEWHERE

poli42
poli42

Are people really bitching about the picture?? If you don't like metsblog go read the excellent coverage of the mets provided by ESPN or something.

Love me some metsblog!

nolrog
nolrog

>>> before Jayson Werth made a jumping catch against the right field wall on an almost-home run by Daniel Murphy.


There is already a word for that. It's called an out.

nolrog
nolrog

It was hilarious to see the best CF in baseball ride the pine while EY made a defensive mistake in LF for the second night in a row that cost them runs.  If Lagares was in CF and CY in left, those mistakes probably don't happen.


It's funny, someone on the blog called it yesterday as well.  Forgot who said it but kudos to you sir.

melmet
melmet

IS THERE A BUYOUT CLAUSE IN THE GRANDERSON CONTRCT???....he is the most pathetic hapless maddening automatic strikeout on the planet....my god does he suck!!!!...is it even possible to SUCK MORE THAN THE ...GRANDYMAN????.....

melmet
melmet

having to watch that hapless hopeless...but extremely rich ....granderson for the next 4 years is absolutely revolting!!..AN AUTOMATIC STRIKEOUT HITTING .188 IS BATTING 4TH IN THE LINEUP????.....incomprehensible stupidity by our "RESIDENT GENIUS...SANDY ALDERSON.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

It's sickening to watch this teams offense...other thay MURPHY and WRIGHT, this team has no legitimate offense.  SS, 1B, LF, RF, and C are all duds...LAGARES looks like he's getting ready to blossom, but he hits a wall and now THE CURSE (TC) decides to sit him forever...give this kid a chance, he's going to hit a few bumps on the road just like any good hitter.  What a pathetic bunch...the manager stinks and doesn't have the cojones to keep duds on the bench.

melmet
melmet

just imagine if the "RESIDENT GENIUS" sandy alderson was your investment broker and you had 32 million bucks to invest???..well...he'd buy you 15 million worth of granderson (worth about 1 million on the market now)...he'd buy you 7 million worth of young (worth about 2 million) and he'd end off buying you about 10 million colons (worth about 4 million)...so he would turn that 32 million into about 7 million in less than 2 months.....translation...ALDERSON IS THE MOST INCOMPETENT FRAUD THIS SIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Only three games under .500 and we're on the road! Scored not ONE but TWO runs with a bunch of clowns. That's the encouraging signs that I take with me before they get back to death valley in Queens that's supposed to be an advantage.

Dean Austin
Dean Austin

So let me guess you run both Lagares and Flores out there tomorrow, they don't hit because they have been sitting like cold turkeys on the bench and then you justify sitting them till next weekend right? Let the kids play already. Bunch of idiots .


Here is the lineup I would run out there for the next few weeks: 

EYJ 2nd base

Granderson right field (he would do much better in the two hole)

Abreu left field (The guy get's on base and is a smart player)

Wright 3rd base

Murphy 1st base (career best average when playing 1st base and hitting 5th)

Largares Center field 

Flores Short Stop (Flores gets hot and Granderson falters switch their spots in the lineup)

Catcher

Pitcher


Simple. This lineup produces 4-5 runs per game. 


Rob Curry
Rob Curry

Few things....first off, where the hell is Flores and Lagares?! I'm getting sick of Terry and his stupid decisions. I am all on giving the free pass on the win-loss record if you're into player development. But playing Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores does BOTH of that for you. You get to see what these guys are made of AND give your team the best chance to win (in my opinion). By benching both, you're letting great talent go to complete waste. Terry should be fired if the team continues to struggle throughout the weekend. 

Second off, why is Bobby Abreu getting starts over Juan Lagares at this point?! Juan is the best defensive option and his bat has been dangerous early in the year. He has struggled of late but you can't just bench him for that. You have to let him work out of it as all great players do. At the very least, don't bench him for a guy who is doing THE SAME EXACT THING at the plate and is not as smooth defensively (i.e. Youngs). Also, by starting Abreu, you lose a VERY good pinch hitting threat late in games. All around just poor managing.

Third off, anyone notice that the top left corner of the collage is from the Yankee series and not from tonight?

crimsondad
crimsondad

Sandy won't hire Wallly because he wants a Yes man he can fully control on a dirt cheap contract thus TC gets re hired after 3 losing seasons.


Lets see what the excuse is after another losing year this year despite bringing the kid pitchers up. 



Faisal Hashmi
Faisal Hashmi

I know they wont fire TC this early in the season but he is terrible! hitting Tejada will 3 runs down in the ninth inning was inexcusable with Flores sitting on the bench. I get Tejada has played little better this last week but this even then he is CRAP! Flores is a much better offensive player..

He wont play Lagares because he needs more offense but then plays Tejada... ugghh!

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Phew I was so worried that Lagares would have gotten in the way of our blisteringly hot offense.

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

Random question: is Metsblog freezing anyone's iPhone? For some reason the past few days, when I view this site on my mobile it continually crashes.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

If this front office knew anything, they'd realize we'd rather see Vegas at Citi than the clowns they continue to trot out...just promote the entire Vegas team along with the prospects currently on the ML roster. I could care less if we won with the kids, but I just want to see effort and talent...something this team drastically lacks. Oh, and Wally comes in that whole team promotion to the bigs.

dannym28
dannym28

oh god, bartolo is pitching tomorrow, 4th loss in a row?

eavdr10
eavdr10

As it stands i would take last year's outfield, hands down , over this year's. There is nowhere to go for offense, the entire team can't hit. Fire Hudgens and change the approach.

dannym28
dannym28

keith called that murphy would ride one, but werth did too

Michael Rega
Michael Rega

Send Flores amd Lagares to Vegas so they can play everyday for a real manager and an actual winning team.

DON'T BE SLOPPY
DON'T BE SLOPPY

At this point I'm not against Captain K Mr. Wright sitting for a few days to send a clear message to this team. David looks awful out there in the field and worse at the plate. 


His range in the field has diminished. His arm is gone as he struggles to make throws to first without bouncing them. Totally confused at the plate at what to swing at. He has no idea of what's a ball or a strike.

I like David but we all gotta be honest here he's lost. It's one thing if it was just a slump but it's on both sides of the ball.

tullydew
tullydew

Wright for Betances, Whitley and Solarte plus 2 good minor leaguers.

Yes or No?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@hankypanky He does look drained, but the spotty hitting in key spots are just a myth.  Even the best fail 60% of the time in those spots. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@mets63 Glad you are not the manager and GM.  The goal is not to give scrubs playing time and lose 100 games.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Lagares has not been the same since his return, to the point where his fielding has been lousy as well. Hopefully TC's easing him back into the line-up will make his return easier.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@nolrog How is that not the top line in the post game "analysis"?  It's the loudest I've yelled at a TV in years.

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

@melmet  Time to face facts:  Wright's stock is nowhere near what it was before his monster re-up.

Ryan Roth
Ryan Roth

Along the way you would also get to see your Beltran, Dickey, and Davis stock split into multiple commodities.

nolrog
nolrog

Good freaking Lord.  If Daniel Murphy could play first, he never would have left there.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

ABREU is a better fit as a pinch hitter...but you are absolutely right, where is LAGARES, CAMPBELL and FLORES...the curse (TC) keeps juggling the players trying to please them with playing time...the majority are bench players in other teams, it's time to play the young kids regularly and stop trying to be mister nice guy.  CY is lost and has no compass to help him get back on track, JASON GRANDERSON is as bad of a signing as JASAON BAY; that's why I changed his first name.  EY JR stinks, gets on base on occasion, but he stinks and DUDA is a dud.  This guy is terrible and shouldn't be playing...start CAMPBELL permanently at first base.

konyc
konyc

@crimsondad Sandy Alderson was sent by Selig to be a watchdog over his buddy Wilpon; any other owner would have been forced to walk the plank.  And TC was hired by SA to be a caretaker manager while the Mets shed salary and rebuilt the minors; a guy who quit his last managerial job a decade earlier because of a player mutiny was never going to be the manager for a playoff-bound team.  The problem is, the playoffs keep receding from view, and they've been forced to keep TC past his sell-by date.

Michael Rega
Michael Rega

Btw what was the point of calling up Flores, to ride the bench? Has any reporter asked Terry, I would love to hear that one

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Dream Snatcher  "One thing I know about baseball, kid, ya gotta stay away from the dames."  Marriage ruined the Captain.

@tullydew  put flores at 3rd and def trade wright he will never hit

at  chiti field

Doubleday
Doubleday

@tullydew  Granderson, Duda, Montero, and Tejada for Encarnacion and Jose.

Dean Austin
Dean Austin

@hankypanky  Lagares was still hitting .288 before TC sat him after his return and no errors. So what are you talking about?


Craig Ramirez
Craig Ramirez

@hankypanky  Not saying Lagares is the next Willie Mays, but he should be playing on THIS team at THIS point.


As far as his being lousy in the field since he's returned...well that's just factually wrong, and not up for debate.

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

@nolrog  At the time Davis was in. He was going good until he got stepped on. Hasn't been right since. Duda is another the Mets have a love affair with. Murphy never would be a Hernandez but he was good enough.

ken1010
ken1010

@Craig Ramirez  Agreed.

Even if Lagares turns into Endy Chavez, rather than Carlos Gomez, he is good enough to be starting on this team.