This week, the New York Mets opened up their season in Washington against the Nationals. The Nationals hosted the Mets in a 3 game series. Many have the Nationals representing the NL in the World Series and have them as the clear favorite to win the NL East. Although these predictions may still hold truth, the Mets made a strong case for why they believe they should be the favorite in the east.
The Mets put together three strong outings and took the series two games to one. With both teams having solid starting pitching you knew the games would come down to bullpen and offense.
On opening day Bartolo Colon faced off against newly acquired Max Scherzer. Both pitchers pitched beautifully and if it weren’t for Washington’s Ian Desmond committing two bad errors, the Nats probably would’ve walked away with a win. His errors caused three unearned runs and the Mets took the first game of the series 3-1.
After the game, Terry Collins expressed his thoughts, “When you play [the Nationals] you have got to play very good baseball. In the first inning we made the error, and fortunately Bart pitched out of it. But you just can’t keep giving good teams outs and we think we’re a good team.”
In game two of the series, the Mets had raining NL Rookie of the year Jacob deGrom face of against Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmerman had pitched a no hitter in his last regular season game dating back to last year. With so much talent in both starters this game was poised for a pitchers duel. deGrom gave up a two run homerun in the first inning to Ryan Zimmerman on a misplaced fastball. This ended up being the difference as the Mets lost a close game to the Nats with a score 2-1.
Following the game, deGrom spoke about his performance, “I am definitely pleased with that. The only thing I wasn’t pleased with was not getting that bunt down (with runners on first and second and one out in the second). “We could still be playing if I got that down,” deGrom added as the Mets knocked in there only run of the evening. “I am not happy about that at all.”
Their last game of the series came yesterday as Matt Harvey made his first regular season debut after recovering from Tommy John surgery for the last 16 months. Throughout the spring, Harvey has pitched like his old self, posting a preseason era of 1.09. He hoped to continue this brilliance into the regular season.
On Thursday, Harvey was matched up against Washington’s young phenom Steven Strasburg. In the past, Harvey has bested Strasburg and he continued that streak as he pitched 6 perfect innings giving up zero runs and posting 9 strikeouts. On the other hand, Strasburg gave up 6 runs (3 earned) in 5 1/3 innings. After another bad error by Ian Desmond, which allowed three unearned runs, Strasburg never seemed to recover. The Mets finished the game with a 6-3 victory over the Nats and took the series 2-1.
After the game last night, Wright gave his thoughts on taking the series, “I downplayed the significance before the series and I’m going to downplay it now. It’s a series win against an opponent in our division. And as I’ve said all along, in order to accomplish what we’re going to accomplish this year, we’ve got to take care of business in our division.”
After all the hype about the Mets young talent this offseason, they came out this week and took care of business. At least for now they can hold their heads high, as taking the series against the Nats was an unexpected accomplishment. Next up, the Mets will travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves before heading back for their home opener on Monday.