Johan Santana didn’t have it today as the Mets fell to the Nationals today 5-2. Santana went 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 5 earned runs.

photo credit: AP Photo/ Kathy Willens


Initial Reaction: A Josh Willingham grand slam in the 1st inning set the tone for the game today as the Mets didn’t match the intensity of the Nationals in any facet of the game. Once again, the Mets bats failed to come alive, and they couldn’t get a timely hit.

Positives:

Mike Jacobs: Having been moved out of the cleanup position to the 5th spot in the lineup, Jacobs hit his first home run of the season that cut the lead to 5-2 off of Brian Bruney in the 8th inning.

The Bullpen: After Santana struggled throughout the beginning of the game, Valdez, Igarashi, and K-Rod combined to go 4 innings of 2 hit baseball and were able to keep the Nationals from extending their lead.

Negatives:

Offense: The Mets were able to record only 7 hits and 2 runs against the Nationals today. Livan Hernandez (Mets castoff) pitched 7 innings of shut out baseball before handing the ball to Brian Bruney who promptly allowed the Mets back in it by allowing a 2 run homer to Jacobs.

Jose Reyes: In 2 games back, Reyes has hit successfully in both games, reaching base twice today on a double and a walk. When Reyes gets on base, things can happen for New York.

Interesting Facts:

-Santana lost to the Nationals for only the 2nd time in his career. He is now 6-2 against Washington.

-Mets have off tomorrow as they travel to Colorado to take on the Rockies for the start of a 3 game set.

Probable pitchers: New York:  John Maine RHP (0-0 7.20era) vs. Colorado: Greg Smith, LHP (0-0 9.00 era)