The New York Mets (71-79) fell to the Washington Nationals (71-77) by a final of 10-1 on Thursday afternoon baseball. This team has had a rough stretch at Citi dropping their sixth straight games, and eight of nine in this last homestand.
When asked if the team was throwing away the work they have done earlier this season Mets manager Terry Collins had this to say, “I don’t think we’re throwing away the good work we have done. It has just been an awful time.”
“As I’ve said many times before I’m responsible, I am the manager of this team and I am responsible-we haven’t coached; managed or played it is pretty simple. You go through stretches-perception is reality in our game….the perception I have right now is that we have folded it up,” the fired up Collins said.
After waiting 40 minutes to a rain delay, the 22, 205 in attendance watched the Nationals pour on the runs; as Washington finished the game with 10 runners plated on 14 hits.
Starter Chris Schwinden (L, 0-2) had a fine start, tossing five innings, giving up four hits, striking out three batters and only giving up two runs. One of those runs was of the unearned variety due to an infield error by Val Pascucci.
“The nerves weren’t there as much, I just tried to induce contact early and for the most part I did that,” Schwinden said of his start. “I just realized today that they are just another hitter and just went out there and tried to throw strikes.”
The reserve player made a spot start at first, fared fine otherwise-making several nice picks during the course of the game. It was in the top of the fifth when ‘Val’ made the fielding error that opened up the game for the Nationals.
Jason Bay had the best day at the dish for the Mets finishing with a two-for-four night, as the left fielder recorded two doubles (19) and a RBI in the game. Ruben Tejada also tallied two hits, as the infielder recorded a double (13) in the bottom of the first inning.
Washington opened up the floodgates of scoring in the top of the eighth, as the Nationals were able to plate three runs. The Nationals tacked on an additional four in the top of the ninth-which iced the first season series victory.
The Mets offense has been sputtering as of late, only recording five runs in their last four games. Not helping was the infield play of the Mets, as along with the error by Pascucci; David Wright recorded his eighth error in the last 10 games.
On the inconsistent play as of late Wright had this to say,” When you don’t play the game the right way you don’t win games. It was a bad homestand, but we are hoping to go on the road and straighten things out.”
“Fans have every right to be upset with us right now,” Collins had to say of the skid the team is on right now, “There is just no energy right now at all on the field-and this is not the way we have played all year long.”
The last time the Mets have been through a stretch like this, they dropped seven straight from April 10-16, as New York is one shy of the team’s longest losing streak this season.
“We have a three hour trip to figure things out, because if we do this with the next team we face-they will embarrass us,” Collins said.
That next team that Terry is referring to is none other than the Atlanta Braves, who are seemingly on their way to another postseason run in October. The three-game set starts on Friday with Chris Capuano (10-12, 4.49 ERA) taking on Derek Lowe, with the first pitch slated for 7:35 p.m.
“Right now we need to turn it around,” shortstop Jose Reyes said of the skid. “We need to put everything in the past and take it one day at a time starting tomorrow. We need to step it up and finish strong, we want to have a .500 or better record-so we hope to start a winning streak tomorrow.”
Written on September 15, 2011 and content seen originally on the Examiner.com site here: