Manager Terry Collins said this was the start of an important two-week stretch for the Mets and they better bring their “A’’ game to the table. Can you imagine what would have happened had they not thought it was important?
I’m being sarcastic, which is the best way to handle a game like the Mets’ 11-4 loss at Washington.
Noah Syndergaard started despite having a barking elbow from his previous game. Syndergaard clearly didn’t have it, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks in three innings in which he threw a grueling 71 pitches.
Syndergaard imploded in a five-run third, and again couldn’t hold runners as the Nationals stole five bases against him.
Collins said Syndergaard’s elbow wasn’t an issue. Syndergaard refuted multiple media reports he had a bone spur or bone chips in his elbow.
METS GAME WRAP
June 27, 2016, @ Washington
Game: #75 Score: Nationals 11, Mets 4
Record: 40-35 Streak: L 2
Standings: Third, NL East, four games behind Washington.
Runs: 274 Average: 3.65 Times 3 runs or less: 37
SUMMARY: It unraveled for Syndergaard in a five-run third in which the Nationals stole four bases. It would have been worse had Bryce Harper not had a brain cramp on the bases.
KEY MOMENT: Anthony Rendon’s two-run single to right in the third completely erased the Mets’ 4-0 lead. You knew it was over then.
THUMBS DOWN: The Mets had 14 hits, but scored only four runs. … Syndergaard was all over the place with three walks. … Rumor had it Rene Rivera was to catch Syndergaard to but the brakes on the opponent’s running game. … Reliever Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs on seven hits in two innings.
EXTRA INNINGS: The Mets began a stretch of playing 11 of 14 games against first-place teams. … The Mets are now 16-16 vs. NL East teams. … The Mets are 11-13 in June.
QUOTEBOOK: “[Syndergaard] threw almost 40 pitches in the third and that was enough. … His velocity was good but his command was off.” – Collins on Syndergaard’s performance.
BY THE NUMBERS: 6: Stolen bases by the Nationals. Overall, opposing runners have stolen 28 bases in 31 attempts against Syndergaard.
NEXT FOR METS: Matt Harvey will try to get back on track after two mediocre outings.