The best-laid plans of Mets on the Mound did not work out too well Saturday afternoon, nor Sunday night. NY lost two straight, as the streaking Nationals took three from Miami, closing the NL East gap from 9 ½ to 6 with 12 to play.
In game two of the subway series, Bartolo Colon got hammered, then in the final match up, Matt Harvey’s close to perfect pitch limited performance was punctured by relief pitcher Hansel Robles five run fifth inning implosion.
Four of the five runs unearned came from the sloppy defense of Daniel Murphy and David Wright, but it really didn’t matter because the Mets had nothing in their offensive tank and got spanked 11-2.
Carlos Beltran beat up on his former team with a bevvy of crushing blows. Even the 5-9, arthritically challenged CC Sabathia crippled the crosstown rivals with one run over five hits in six very strong innings. The Bronx bullpen did the rest.
Tonight in a must win for the Mets, they donned their camouflage duds and blanked the Braves 4-0, getting closer to washing away the Washington Nationals field of dreams of making it into the post season.
Jonathan Niese notched his 9th win with six scoreless innings of magnificence. The Mets offense came courtesy of Michael Conforto and Daniel Murphy.
Hard luck Atlanta pitcher Shelby Miller was handed his 15th straight defeat as NY’s clinching countdown is down to seven.