The New York Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night at CitiField. Dillon Gee and Chien-Ming Wang were involved in a pitcher’s duel for the first part of the game. Gee pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. Those two runs were scored on doubles in the sixth inning. The Mets offense struggled against the Wang and the Nationals bullpen. In the bottom of the ninth with runners on the corners and two out, down by one run, Lucas Duda struck out to end the ballgame. With the loss, the Mets currently have a four-game losing streak. 

Duda has been the run threat in the lineup post All Star Break.

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My Reaction:

Bobby Parnell took a huge step forward tonight as he pitched two scoreless innings. It came at a clutch time when the Mets were only down by one run. On the downside, he allowed the tie-breaking run to score as an inherited runner in the seventh inning. The story going forward is whether or not Parnell can pitch either as a setup man or closer. 

Jose Reyes, in my opinion, is acting like a total jerk. He isn’t playing to his fullest potential (running hard, stealing bases, etc.) because he doesn’t want to re-injure his hamstring. I understand he wants to remain healthy, but his mind is primarily focused on getting the largest contract possible on the open market. Reyes should play out the season hard to try and help the Mets win even if they are out of the race. If that means stealing bases and legging out triples so be it. Oh, he went 3 for 4 in tonight’s game. 

The Mets failed to get the sacrifice bunt down on numerous occasions. That could’ve been the deciding factor in tonight’s loss. Sometimes doing the little things goes a long way in the game of baseball. 

Interesting Facts:

  • Josh Thole was thrown out at the plate in the fifth inning.
  • Jose Reyes still leads the National League in hitting with a .333 batting average. 

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to turn it around against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Game Time 7:10 PM on SNY. 

NYM Mike Pelfrey (7-11) 4.66 ERA vs. WAS Brad Peacock (15-3) 2.39 ERA***

*** means combined stats at the Double-A and Triple-A level