The Mets were armed and not dangerous in a two rain delayed 5-0 loss against the Nationals in D.C.
Mother nature limited Matt Harvey to 3 2/3 innings, depriving the hard luck right-hander from seeing a little more light at the end of his dark and demoralizing tunnel.
Manager Terry Collins said Harvey (4-10) was outstanding despite being the hard-luck loser.
“It would have been great for him to go a few more innings because tonight was some of the best stuff he’s had all year,” Collins said. “Tonight he had it. Tonight he had things going. His arm was working great, he just felt good on the mound.”
Surrendering only one run in his stunted stay, Harvey handed the baton to the shaky bullpen of Blevins and Robles, who gave up four runs between them, while the Mets bats belted their rendition of Silent Night.
As NY sinks deeper in the NL East standings, 5 back, the entire team’s walk on song should be, Free Fallin’.
With the musical chairs of changes to the Mets line-up, the round trip tickets to and from Las Vegas, along with the uncertainty of Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz’s condition, NY is mired in a precarious state of mind.
Baseball’s top prospect Lucas Giolito delivered a dandy of a four shutout inning debut allowing a single and walk to Curtis Granderson. He kept the rest of the Mets off balance and off the base paths with a combination of change ups, fastballs and curves.
NY had a golden opportunity to do some damage in the 6th when they loaded the bases with one out against relief pitcher, Yusmeiro Petit. But Dusty Baker pulled Petit for Oliver Perez who struck out James Loney, then retired Wilmer Flores on a fly ball to center, recording his second win of the season.
On the Mets floundering offense Collins lamented, “I’m scratching (my head) a little bit. But we’ve got to make sure these guys stay upbeat.”
Well, to avoid a sweep, Logan Verrett has some big cleats to counter facing Max Scherzer, as he gets a spot start in lieu of the bone spurred Steven Matz.