Scherzer Toys With Fading Mets

“It’s only June … it’s still early,” some people say when talk turns to the Mets already falling out of the pennant race and becoming sellers at the trade deadline.

However, what the calendar reads and what the NL East standings say are pretty much in sync after tonight’s 7-2 loss to the Nationals.

SCHERZER: Couldn't touch him. (AP)

SCHERZER: Couldn’t touch him. (AP)

After being blown away by Max Scherzer – and Steven Matz giving up three homers – the Mets find themselves 10.5 games behind the Nationals and 11 out of the wildcard, and their season slipping away.

Rapidly slipping away.

Realistically, the Mets needed to win three out of four, if not sweep this series, to have a chance to catch Washington. The best they can hope for now is a split, and they’ll face Stephen Strasburg tomorrow.

Mets’ hitters managed one run on four hits against Scherzer in eight innings and struck out ten times. If there was a turning point in the game it came in the second when the Mets had two on and nobody out, but Scherzer got Travis d’Arnaud to ground into a double play.

“You saw he got really locked in around the third inning,’’ manager Terry Collins said. “You can’t him to get the lead on you.”

Scherzer is now 7-4 lifetime against the Mets, including a 17-strikeout, no-hitter two years ago.

TRANSACTIONS: The Mets placed Juan Lagares and Matt Harvey on the 10-day disabled list and recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas infielder Matt Reynolds and outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

UP NEXT: Seth Lugo (1-0, 1.29) goes against Stephen Strasburg (7-2, 3.27) Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, Jacob deGrom (5-3, 4.33) starts against Joe Ross (3-2, 6.39).

3 thoughts on “Scherzer Toys With Fading Mets

  1. Yes, this was the Mets chance to show everyone they were still serious contenders and could hang with the big boys like they showed with the Cubs. But instead they fell flat on their face – again. What bothers me about this team is that despite all the losses to injury this club still has loads of talent to keep them close. But instead it seems like they just can’t find their A – game when it’s needed. You can cut the tension and anxiety with a knife when they face a Scherzer or Gonzalez and have the approach like “don’t expect too much from us tonight, fans. That’s Max Scherzer out there!” Their at bats are terrible. Seems like they never have a game plan. Scherzer throws a first pitch strike like 80% of the time. But instead of being aggressive they wait till he gets them down 0-2 before they can start to look for the pitch they like to hit?? To be a good club you have to beat these guys every once in a while instead of just hoping you don’t get no-hit. Everyone in that line up last night is capable of producing. Why they aren’t is still a mystery. I’m pointing a finger at leadership at this stage of the game despite the old adage managers can’t play!

  2. Excellent analysis,John. You’ve nailed the situation we find our Metsies in. Check out Mack’s Mets to see one way to better the situation.

  3. So we bring up Matt and Brandon
    Two players guaranteed to make a difference

    The one player we have who might make a difference is tearing up AAA and will stay there because the GM has put this season in the trash