Even with that double play, Matt Harvey is out of the game in the seventh with 93 pitches.
OK, why would the Mets let Harvey throw 105 pitches and work into the ninth in his last start, an 8-2 rout of the Yankees, and yet, even with an extra day of rest get pulled after 93 pitches in a 1-0 game?
How the hell would I know? Based on what the Mets had been saying, I would have thought they would have taken him out to preserve him for situations such as this. Had they done so, maybe Harvey would still be in there.
However, we don’t have all the information. It is possible Harvey could have told manager Terry Collins he was gassed, or felt something.
Mets 1, Nationals 0 (8th)
Matt Harvey has worked six scoreless innings tonight and thrown 86 pitches. Assuming Harvey will get the same 105-pitch leash he had in his last start, the seventh could be his last inning unless he breezes through. However, getting that double play – started by Wilmer Flores – might buy him another inning.
Mets 1, Nationals 0 (6th)
Michael Cuddyer‘s homer in the fourth staked Matt Harvey to a 1-0 lead. The Nationals have had their chances against Harvey, but he’s been able to escape. He was also aided by a diving catch in short right-center by Juan Lagares.
One of those jams was set up by Wilmer Flores‘ seventh error of the season. By the way, prior to the game manager Terry Collins said he’ll give Ruben Tejada the start at shortstop, adding it has nothing to do with Flores’ recent defensive slide.
It seems like every day Lagares does something to regard the Mets for giving him that contract extension. Lagares just singled to right, but Bryce Harper threw out Curtis Granderson at the plate.
Mets 1, Nationals 0 (6th)
Here’s the Mets’ lineup for tonight’s game against Washington at Citi Field:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Juan Lagares – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – LF
Daniel Murphy – 3B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Dilson Herrera – 2B
Kevin Plawecki – C
Matt Harvey – RHP
For his second straight start, Jacob deGrom didn’t make it through the sixth. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.
Unquestionably, he was hurt by Wilmer Flores’ sixth error of the year. However, sometimes a pitcher has to bail out his defense and deGrom let the inning get away from him.
Winning pitchers – and don’t forget deGrom is still young – must learn to minimize the damage and close out innings. DeGrom didn’t do that tonight.
On the flip side, Mets’ hitters weren’t able to do anything after the first.
Nationals 5, Mets 3 (8th)