Yes, you probably can believe they lost again to the Nationals. That’s the 58-93 Nationals, although they have won 10 of their last 11 at home. So the Mets are a half-game back of Philadelphia now with 12 to play, 11 to play for the Phillies. But the Mets do lead in the wild-card race by a half game.
They didn’t come across as discouraged after their fourth loss in five games and second straight to the Nats, who also helped kill the Mets last September by handing them those five losses in six games during the collapse. Mike Pelfrey, after his seven innings of one-run, seven-hit work went to waste, said no one was panicking and that the atmosphere in the clubhouse is totally different than it was during the closing skid last year.
The Mets have two runs and nine hits to show for the first two games of the four-game series. The strange thing is, they had hit John Lannan and Odalis Perez hard at Shea last week. Jerry Manuel was concerned that they were swinging at pitches out of the strike zone against Perez and the Nationals’ pen, and he wasn’t sure if “anxiety” was the problem or really what the cause was. Carlos Delgado said, “We’re going to turn it around. We’re going to have better at-bats.”
Omar Minaya wasn’t so upbeat. He understandably sounded down over the loss of Fernando Tatis, done for the year with the right shoulder separation. The GM said that not only was he an important offensive guy but also a leader in the clubhouse.
Well, that’s it for this one. Brandon Knight gets to take the ball in game three of the series.