The Mets sure caught a break this weekend. After two very tough, hard fought, extra inning losses against the Pirates, today’s game was a complete blowout. The defense failed them. The bullpen failed them. The offense failed them.  As far away we can get from the NL Central the better. Who could fathom that this team would have more success against the NL leading Cardinals than the Cubs and Pirates combined?

Well, the good news is, the Nationals are in a complete tailspin. After running their mouths and claiming the NL East theirs to lose, the Nationals have done little to instill any faith in their fan base. That couldn’t be any more evident than a perusal through #Natitude on Twitter this weekend. Here were some I enjoyed:

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All that being said, the Mets still leave Flushing with a 4.5 game cushion over the Nationals, who now are below the .500 mark on the season. They head to Baltimore for 2 games against a suddenly surging Orioles offense. Despite the Mets taking the first series of the season, this will be a true test, against a foe that has no bearing on National League business. They need to prove that this weekend was an aberration and aside from the ugly baseball that took place on Sunday, they are the team that wouldn’t quit against the Pirates on Friday and Saturday.