Final Score: Nationals 4, Mets 0.
Dame of the Game:
Stephen Strasburg: 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 R, 9 K. Strasburg had his way with the Mets today, resulting in a coincidentally funny .69 ERA on the season. He threw 100+ pitches for the first time in his major league career, resulting in a not so coincidentally funny 190 pitches on the season.
Shame of the Game:
Danny Espinosa: 1 failure to convert a double play by not throwing the ball, 1 failure to convert a double play by throwing the ball away, and 1 failed effort to catch a ball in centerfield while going backwards that he had no business going after. I could’ve said the Mets bullpen was the shame of the game, and it probably did cause more damage than Espinosa. But Danny really showed impressive incompetence out there. He got on base 3 times, but what does getting on base matter when you fuck up everything else you do? Hmm, actually I would guess a lot. Otherwise how would Nick Johnson have a job?
I represented The Zimmerman(n) Telegram at today’s game, as I made the trek out to Citi Field to see the Nats play for the first time this season. They wouldn’t give me a press pass, but I still had a good location where I could really get inside information about the players:
Today was all about failure for the Mets.
Most notably, the failure to have accurate pitching. Santana allowed a run on a wild pitch, and the bullpen combined for 7 walks including two with the bases loaded. I haven’t seen this little control since I forgot to do a science lab properly.
The Nats offense was pretty quiet, with the only run of their doing coming in the form of a ground out. I guess they just didn’t care about runs, and were just content to walk all day long. While they won the game, I feel they would not fare well in a marathon.
Going to today’s game was a thrill as it was my first baseball game of the season and it was close until the end. There’s nothing like going to a Mets/Nats game in NY and having to fight back against a loud capacity crowd.
In the end the Nats took the game and moved into a tie for first place with the Mets at 4-2, having won both of their first two series of the season. It’s a very exciting team that draws people to the ballpark.