Two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer was too much for the Mets tonight, holding them to four hits over eight innings. The heterochromic wonder baffled the Mets with a full arsenal of sliders, curves, change ups and fastballs. What’s amazing is that he doesn’t throw 98. Whether it’s because he can’t anymore or because he doesn’t need to is irrelevant because he’s able to overpower lineups consistently with location, movement, and a great mix of pitches. Mets pitchers could learn a thing or two from watching him.
The Mets lone run against Scherzer came from Jose Reyes, who capitalized on the one bad pitch he threw all night – a hanging slider that Reyes deposited into the upper deck of the Coca Cola corner. Otherwise, we couldn’t muster any offense.
Steven Matz effectively mixed pitches and busted batters inside but made just enough bad pitches to cough up three home runs (totaling four runs) to Matt Wieters, Michael Taylor, and, of course, Anthony Rendon. If you’re keeping track, that’s 13 home runs allowed by Mets pitchers in the last four games.Yikes. The Mets were down 4-1 when Scherzer exited after eight innings, but Fernando Salas and Neil Ramirez made sure to give the Nats and their struggling bullpen three extra insurance runs in the top of the ninth.
Jay Bruce added a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was way too little, way too late. Speaking of which, here we are six games under .500 and 10.5 games out of the wild card in mid June. If we manage to get swept in this four-game series, even this eternally optimistic Mets fan will have a hard time thinking positively about 2017. Let’s root for a split.
Tomorrow at 4:10 p.m. EDT, the Mets and Nationals square off for game three with Seth Lugo vs. Steven Strasburg.