The Mets laid an egg for the second straight night, getting beat up by the Nationals, 9-1, in the rubber game of the series Thursday night.
- Matt Harvey did nothing to make fans step off the ledge. He gave up a two-run homer to Daniel Murphy in the first inning and then surrendered seven runs in the third inning before finally getting yanked. His ERA now sits at an ugly 5.77 mark and there are seemingly no answers in sight.
- As bad as Harvey pitched, his defense did him no favors. With one out and the bases loaded, Harvey got a double play ball from the slow-footed Ryan Zimmerman. When the ball was hit to Asdrubal Cabrera, many fans thought the inning was over. But Cabrera had a rare fielding error and didn’t even get one out on the play.
- The next batter hit a frozen rope to left field that was in Michael Conforto‘s glove but he was unable to hold on. It ended up a two-run double. Three hits later Harvey was finally pulled.
- The bullpen was once again asked to perform more than three innings. Logan Verrett (2.1 IP), Antonio Bastardo (2.0 IP), Jerry Blevins (1.0 IP) and Addison Reed (1.0) delivered 6.1 scoreless innings. The pen now has a 2.48 ERA in 119.2 IP this year.