VIDEO: New York Mets manager Luis Rojas along with stars Steven Matz and Jeff McNeil along with Washington Nationals Star Juan Soto share these thoughts from the game held on August 10, 2020
The New York Mets (7-10) were bitten by the long ball as the Washington Nationals (5-7) launched several monster shots in their 16-4 victory at Citi Field. New York is going to have to answer a lot of questions in a really short period of time as for the first time in a while the team actually has a starting rotation issue.
Finding reliable starting pitching is tough, especially when you are going up against some of the toughest lineups in Major League Baseball. Having a tough day on the mound for New York on Monday was Steven Matz , who worked four innings, striking out five batters and giving up eight early runs. Those runs just completely deflated the team all together as the energy was sucked out of the team thanks to the offensive barrage from the visiting side.
Washington was led by homers from Asdrúbal Cabrera, Trea Turner and Juan Soto all hurt Matz, with Soto’s soaring 463 feet beyond the Home Run Apple in center field. The whole starting rotation as a whole have not fared very well for New York and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen will have a ton of questions to answer for these next few games, as he and Manager Luis Rojas do not have a solid starting five in place.
It is going to be such a fast paced season and all of the Mets pitchers will have to try to figure out what combination of pitches will help them succeed if the team wants to have any hopes of doing well. It will also be interesting to see if Van Wagenen will make any moves to try to bring in a new energy and confidence to the team, or if he will leave it to this current group to put themselves and the franchise back on the winning track.
New York was able to see some positive contributions on the offense as Brandon Nimmo homered twice and Pete Alonso ripped a single during the course of the game.
The Mets and the Nationals continue a four game series tonight (Tuesday) as Rick Porcello (1-1, 6.92 ERA) takes on the ultra tough Max Scherzer (0-1, 3.29 ERA). In his last outing Porcello was able to start seven strong innings and was backed by some tremendous defense by New York. Scherzer who left his last outing on Wednesday isn’t going to miss his turn in the rotation, and thus far there are some Mets that have fared well against the Nats righty. Outfielder Michael Conforto holds a .344 average against Scherzer, and J.D. Davis holds a .333 average.
First Pitch between the Mets and the Nationals is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and the action will be aired on the SNY and MASN Networks.
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