Takeaways from the Mets 5-3 win against the Nationals…
The Mets came from behind to win again in the final game of their three-game series with the Nationals by the score of 5-3 on Wednesday night in Washington. Here are my takeaways from the dramatic win…
Are you kidding me?
I mean… Wow.
The Mets trailed in each game of this three-game series entering the 6th inning. Last night they trailed by six runs in the 7th. Tonight, this team was down 2-1 in the 8th against Stephen Strasburg who was absolutely dominant, as he had struck out 12 of his last 17 batters entering that inning.
Terry Collins decided to make a move leading off the 8th, as he pinch-hit Kelly Johnson for Wilmer Flores who was 0-for-2 against Strasburg and boy did it pay off big-time. Behind in the count for a rare time, Strasburg threw a pitch middle-in to Johnson who crushed it into the second deck to tie the game, giving the Mets their second straight game with a pinch-hit home run and just their 3rd all season.
After allowing a single to Curtis Granderson, Nationals manager Matt Williams elected to take Strasburg out of the game–to hellacious boos by the Washington faithful–for Drew Storen, the main culprit in Tuesday night’s bullpen meltdown.
On the second pitch he threw to Yoenis Cespedes, the man who delivered a critical three-run double against him the night prior, the man looking to push his way into the MVP discussion crushed a hanging breaking ball into the bullpen for a go-ahead two-run home run. Cespedes and the Mets, once again, delivered a crushing blow to this Nationals team.
All three games of this series it appeared as if the Mets had been beat and that the Nationals were alive in the race for the National League East, and all three times this team has answered the call and come up with some massively clutch hits and came back in ways this fan base hasn’t seen in years or in some cases maybe ever, for the younger crowd.
It’s absolutely unbelievable what they did this week in the nation’s capital.
The ace dealt.
There were a lot of positive signs from Jacob deGrom tonight after he struggled over his last three starts, and he got a much-deserved win for his outstanding effort in what was a great pitchers duel on Wednesday night.
He really only made two mistakes the entire night – the pitch which bled too far over the middle of the plate against Bryce Harper in the first inning and in his next at-bat when he just teed one up for him. Harper came around to score the second run on a single from Clint Robinson on a good pitch he just hit against the shift. It happens and deGrom had nothing to hang his head over on that sequence.
The key was he hung in, bore down, and started making his pitches with his upper-90s fastball and a good off-speed pitch, keeping the ball down and moving it away off the end of the bat against the left-handed hitters. It was a breakthrough of sorts considering his last three starts have been so uneven, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Mets co-ace.
Nail in the coffin?
On an emotional level and on a mathematical level, that may be all she wrote for the 2015 Washington Nationals. They were dealt blow after blow after blow in this series after they thought they had came away with three huge victories, and as they lick their wounds they are now seven games behind the Mets in the standings.
You never say never, as we’ve seen stranger things happen, but after getting completely beaten up in every way the last three nights and finding themselves in a seven-game hole with 23 games to play, it’s going to very difficult for the Nationals to come back from this.
Other notes from Wednesday:
The Mets completed their 35th come-from-behind win on Tuesday and 59-11 when scoring four or more runs in a game.
Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a home run in the victory.
Michael Conforto went 1-for-4 with a key run-scoring hit in the 9th inning.
Yoenis Cespedes has 13 RBI in his last 8 games. He’s hit three doubles, two triples, and six home runs.
The Mets have won six straight games against the Nationals, and seven of their last eight against Washington overall.