The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Wednesday night. In a game where Angel Pagan made spectacular plays, the Mets couldn’t translate his performance into a win.

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Initial Reaction:

R.A. Dickey made his Mets debut facing off against ex-Met Livan Hernandez in Game One of the two-game set. Dickey pitched very well, but unfortunately the Mets couldn’t hit a lick off their former pitcher.

Angel Pagan carried the team today and he has clearly made big strides since last season in regards to improving his baseball intelligence.

I like Dickey as a temporary solution until the Mets figure out how to fix their starting rotation. They should consider signing Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya, who was just made eligible for free agency in the MLB today.

Eamon McEaneaney from Mets Post Game Live suggests that Howard Johnson should be replaced as Mets hitting coach with the great Mike Piazza. Its coming to that point where I am kind of in agreement. It could really excite Mets fans and even be a positive influence on the hitters.

Positives From The Game:

Angel In The Outfield: Angel Pagan was the player of the game tonight, as he produced both the very rare triple play and inside-the-park homerun. He kept the game exciting even in a disappointing Mets loss.

Tricky Dickey: The knuckleballer R.A. Dickey went six innings giving up only two runs on five hits, but walked four. He also made an impressive dive on a bunt pop up. He kept the Mets in the game, while their offense was idle, but earned a no decision. He’s proven himself for another start.

Jerry Manuel: He decided to give David Wright an entire night off. Definitely a good time to do so with the third baseman struggles in Tuesday night’s loss.

Negatives From The Game:

No Way, Jose!: Jose Reyes went 0-4 again tonight, lowering his batting average to .210. He just keeps popping up, and must maintain a level swing in order to produce hits. I think it may be time to give HIM a day off to clear his head.

Nieve’s Got Nothing: Fernando Nieve gave up two runs, plus allowing the inherited runner to score. He allowed two hits and a walk, distancing the Mets from a much needed victory. It’s his third consecutive appearance in which he’s let in a run.

Offense: The Mets lineup continued to struggle only manufacturing five hits. The only runs scored were on Angel Pagan’s homerun and Jeff Francoeur’s sacrifice fly.

Interesting Facts:

1: Angel Pagan hit the first inside-the-park homerun ever at Nationals Park.

8: Number of walks R.A. Dickey allowed in 60.2 innings at Triple-A Buffalo this season. He walked four tonight.

10: Number of triple plays in Mets history after today.

What’s Next?: The Mets look to take Game Two of the two-game set against the Nationals. Game time 7:05 PM.

NYM John Maine (1-3) 6.13 ERA vs. WAS Luis Atilano (3-0) 3.90 ERA