The Mets had a chance to win a four-game series on the road. Instead, their pitchers gave up 10 runs to one of the worst offenses in the league and they ended up with a split, as they lost, 10-3, Monday afternoon in D.C.
David Peterson got another start but again was ineffective. He got hit hard early and then had some bloops and bleeders go against him later. The end result was 9 H and 6 ER in 5 IP, in which will likely be his last start in a while in the majors.
After falling behind in the first inning again, the Mets rallied to tie it in the second on an RBI single by Jeff McNeil. They proceeded to load the bases on a walk to Francisco Alvarez, bringing up Brandon Nimmo and the top of the order. But Alvarez was picked off first for the final out of the inning and that ended up being the last real chance for the Mets.
The Nats went on to score the next six innings they came to the plate, including three times where they put up crooked numbers. After Peterson exited the game, Tommy Hunter came out of the pen with his gasoline can. He allowed 4 ER in 3 IP, bringing his ERA to 7.00 for the season. We can see the writing on the wall for Peterson and his horrific 8.08 ERA. We should have the same certainty with Hunter being replaced, too.
The Mets had 11 hits in the game but only three runs. They were a respectable 2-7 with runners in scoring position but one of the hits did not drive in a run. One hidden thing, which was a problem earlier in the series, too, is that while the Mets did well getting hits, they didn’t really augment the offense with many other baserunners. They had just two walks and did not have any HBPs.
The schedule gets significantly harder, as the Mets head home to face off against the 31-11 Rays in a three-game set. Let’s hope the Mets play up to the level of competition, after being worse than their poor opponents the last two-plus weeks.