After winning 11 straight games, the Mets have now lost 7 of their last 10. Aside from an ugly game one, the last 3 games of the series were close, but the Mets will be hard pressed to win games with no offense. While the Nationals have a great pitching staff, you don’t expect Fister and Gonzalez to hold you off the board in back to back games, but that is exactly what happened. This afternoon marked the first time in 42 years that the Mets have been shutout 1-0 in back-to-back games by the same team. The Mets record drops to 16-10 as they head into an off day before hosting the Orioles for a two game set.
Dillon Gee was wildly effective this afternoon against the Nationals. He lasted into the 5th inning, giving up 6 hits and 5 walks yet only 1 run. He struck out 5 batters and lowered his ERA to a very respectable 3.86. As I keep mentioning, with the offensive output from the Mets, or lack thereof, these Mets pitchers will eventually crack as battling to keep a team in a game with no run support is near impossible to keep up long term.
Alex Torres was amazing this afternoon. He came into the game in the 5th inning after Gee walked two around a double to Espinosa. With the bases loaded and none out he impressively struck out Fister, Span and Escobar in succession. After a shaky start and suspect control, he is now sitting pretty as a major guy in the Mets bullpen with a 2.79 ERA and is just as effective against righties, if not more so, than lefties.
The Mets need to turn around this offensive funk. It helps that their three big dogs are coming up in the rotation in the form of Colon, deGrom and Harvey. However, no matter how effective those three may be, without run support it will be all for naught. The injuries to Wright and d’Arnaud are clearly catching up to the team. While their fill-ins were more than adequate for quite a number of games, they are now overexposed and/or not ready for the spotlight on a first place team in contention with a surging Nationals club much closer in the rear view.