The majority of last night’s game looked like it had all the makings of a continuation of our asses being ravaged by the Mets in the form of a sweep in our first series. It was a cold night in Queens, and minus a remarkable broken bat home run by Bryce Harper, the bats were just as cold. Despite a solid pitching performance by Jeremy Hellickson, it seemed like nothing was going to spark this team to finally rally against our division rival in a 2-1 game.
Then, the Nats bring in two of the worst pitchers in the Major Leagues. How Matt Grace and AJ Cole remain employed is beyond me. Grace gave up 2 runs in an inning of work. Even the one unearned run was because of his own error. Then AJ Cole came in in the 7th and proceeded to give up 2 more runs in his first 4 pitches of the game. THEY SUCK! WHY ARE THEY HERE?! Everyone on the planet knew AJ Cole was going to suck in the rotation. He proved everyone right, so we move him to the bullpen? Wtf?! Erick Fedde and Edwin Jackson are both better than this right now..
Then, something amazing happened. After a great performance by Jacob deGrom, he gave up a hit to recent call-up, Moises Sierra and a single to Trea Turner. With 1 out, the Mets brought in Lugo hopefully work a 2nd out (maybe a DP) against Howie. Instead, he promptly walked him on 4 straight pitches (LOL). Maybe next time, Lugo.. Former-Nat Blevins came in next for a lefty-lefty match up with the greatest hitter on the planet, and Bryce singled to right field, scoring 2. Now, 6-3.
Next was Mets closer, Familia to face Wilmer Difo. Batting lefty, Difo drilled aball into right field, scoring 2. Now, 6-6.
Familia then hit Sierra with a pitch (loading the bases), then walked Michael Taylor. Now, 7-6.
A late Howie home run put the game at 8-6, and we witnessed a full blown collapse by the New York Mets. Could this signify a turning point in the NL East? So much contribution from so many different pieces, including all the young guys, it’s hard not to feel very good about the way things ended. Also, maybe we can close the door on the AJ Cole experience? Nats need to get at least one more in this series to feel good about themselves, and to give fans hope they’re moving in the right direction.