SCORE: Washington 2, Mets 1.
THE SKINNY: It’s painful to waste strong outings by the starter, but that’s what the Mets did Wednesday behind Jacob deGrom. The Mets’ offense sputtered and left the bases loaded in the second against Jordan Zimmerman.
GAME SUMMARY: Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer off deGrom and the Mets’ new look line-up offered just six hits.
PITCHING: Under normal circumstances, the Mets would take what deGrom gave them every night, two runs in six innings. … Rafael Montero pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
HITTING: Could we please forget about this line-up? … The Mets bunched together three hits for a run in the second, with Travis d’Arnaud getting a RBI single. However, they left the bases loaded. … David Wright singled in the eighth for his first hit of the season.
NOTES: Prior to the game GM Sandy Alderson poked his head into Terry Collins‘ office and joked he had the lineup. Always with the jokes is Alderson.
UP NEXT: The Mets conclude their first series of the season Thursday in an afternoon game with Matt Harvey starting against Stephen Strasburg.
Jacob deGrom’s 2015 debut was a solid one for the Mets, but he’s still on the hook for the loss as the game moves into the eighth inning.
DeGrom gave up two runs on six hits – a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman – with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings, and departed trailing 2-1.
Rafael Montero relieved and pitched a scoreless seventh.
SCORE: Washington 2, Mets 1 (top 8th)
Who didn’t see this one coming for the Mets?
When Jenrry Mejia ran from the bullpen to the dugout – without stopping at the mound – at the start of the ninth inning Monday, there was no way that could have been good news.
MEJIA: Goes on DL. (AP)
It wasn’t, as a MRI and X-rays showed inflammation at the back of his right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list today (back-dated to Sunday). Replacing Mejia on the roster will be reliever Erik Goeddel, which keeps the pen at eight.
The Mets’ bullpen is in a state of flux, with Jeurys Familia assuming the closer role and Carlos Torres taking over as the eighth-inning set-up reliever. Game situations could dictate otherwise, but prospect Rafael Montero could get the seventh inning.
Montero, who failed to make the team as a starter, will get more work as the seventh-inning reliever than in long relief. That’s a positive decision by manager Terry Collins. Also positive is to go with Familia as the closer than use a closer-by-committee tactic. That rarely works and all too often leaves the relievers confused about their roles.
It has been a miserable spring for the Mets’ bullpen with Bobby Parnell, Josh Edgin, Vic Black and now Mejia on the disabled list. All but Black have had Tommy John surgery.
The Mets expect Parnell back by the end of the month, but there’s no timetable for Black.
SCORE: Mets 3, Washington 1.
GAME SUMMARY: Bartolo Colon threw six sterling innings and the Mets scored three unearned runs against Max Scherzer. All the Mets’ runs were set up by a pair of errors from Ian Desmond.
PITCHING: Colon gave up one run (Bryce Harper’s homer in the fourth and struck out eight. The bullpen, which is under scrutiny, threw three perfect innings behind Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins and Buddy Carlyle, who earned his first career save at age 37.
HITTING: Lucas Duda drove in two runs with a single and Travis d’Arnaud the final run with a triple. The Mets only had five hits. … Curtis Granderson walked twice.
NOTES: Closer Jenrry Mejia complained of elbow soreness and was unable to pitch the ninth. … Lefty reliever Blevins got Harper on a fly to right to lead off the ninth. … With the victory, the Mets improved their major league best Opening Day record to 35-19. And, they are a team that won a World Series before winning on Opening Day.
UP NEXT: The Mets are off Tuesday, but play the Nationals Wednesday with Jacob deGrom getting the start.
ON DECK: Colon Proves Worth
The Mets built their lead to 3-1 in the seventh when Juan Lagares reached on Ian Desmond’s throwing error and scored on Travis d’Arnaud’s drive off the center field wall.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit for Bartolo Colon to close his pitching line at one run on three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in six innings
Carlos Torres was the first reliever out of the Mets’ bullpen and put down the Nationals on three straight grounders.
Score: Mets 3, Nationals 1. (7th)