Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Post Game: Nationals Take Rubber Match 4-0

On the 50th anniversary of the Mets 1st game, the Washington Nationals (4-2) defeated the New York Mets (4-2) this afternoon behind a dominant start from Stephen Strasburg and a messy effort from the Mets relief corps.

What was pegged to be an epic pitching matchup between the 2-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana and the 2009 #1 overall selection Stephen Strasburg proved to be just that despite the duel not going long.

Johan Santana (0-1) took the unfortunate loss in this afternoon's game, pitching 5 strong innings and looking dominant in the process by striking out 8. Santana's 3 walks came early in the game when he racked up over 50 pitches in the first 2 innings before bouncing back and looking dominant. The only run to cross the plate was due to a wild pitch, which proved to be the only run the Nationals needed.

The Mets pitching staff beyond Santana did little to inspire hope, allowing 3 runs and a staggering 7 walks. Manny Acosta, Ramon Ramirez and Tim Byrdak each allowed runs and Miguel Batista pitched for the 3rd consecutive day, this time proving to be ineffective.

The offense did little against the dominant phenom Strasburg, who pitched 6 innings of 2-hit ball, striking out 9 in the process. Strasburg looked as if he didn't have control of his pitches early on, allowing a leadoff single to Ruben Tejada in the bottom of the 1st before letting Daniel Murphy reach on a walk. The Mets would strand both men on base, collecting a total of 3 hits on the day.

The miserable offensive showing showing today represents the second consecutive poor effort without David Wright in the lineup. If there's one silver lining in the suddenly gloomy skies, it's that Ike Davis was able to record his first hit of the season this afternoon. He's now hitting a Jenny Craig inspired .050.

The New York Mets will have a day off tomorrow before opening a 3-game series in Philadelphia on Friday night at 7:10 PM, with R.A Dickey making his second start of the season.

Boiling Points:
  • The Mets will make a decision about David Wright on Friday prior to the game with Philadelphia. If Wright does indeed hit the DL, his stint will be retroactive to April 9th. Logical candidates to receive the interim call-up are Jordanny Valdespin or Zach Lutz, but Valdespin appears to be the logical candidate, with Murphy slipping over to 3rd for the time being.
  • Although Ike Davis recorded his first hit of the season this afternoon, the middle of the order (Davis, Duda and Bay) are a combined 7-61 to start the season and can be credited with the Mets (lack of) offensive production.
  • The Mets allowed a total of 10 walks today, 7 of which coming from the bullpen
  • Ramon Ramirez threw 38 and will likely be unavailable for Friday's game.
  • The team went 0-6 with RISP and left 8 men on base.