The good news is that Joey Lucchesi continues to give the Mets quality starts as he tossed 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball but the Met offense has now gone 21 innings without scoring a run as the Nats beat the Mets 1-0 on a walk off RBI hit by Yan Gomes off Met closer Edwin Diaz.
This game starts a stretch where the Mets play 3 doubleheaders in an 8 day period so the emergence of Lucchesi could become real important but the staggering offense is a concern. The Mets could only muster 2 hits on this night so not many chance to score manifested itself. Luis Rojas indicated the Mets could get some injured batters back real soon and I am thinking the first 2 will be Jeff McNeil and Albert Almora Jr. who seem to be progressing well on their rehab stints.
But watching the Mets lineup the last 2 nights (and I realize that is a real small sample size) they look tentative and tense at the plate. Pete Alonso looked to me here in DC on this night he was trying to push the ball to right field and just was too far behind the pitches that he saw. His game is use the whole field so I certainly understand the right field plan but he still needs to open that front shoulder and try to mash the ball the way he is capable of hitting tracers to the left field side of the field which is his trademark.
Edwin Diaz also had a rough night and commented after the game that he thought he got squeezed on a 3-2 pitch to Juan Soto that led to a ninth inning leadoff walk that eventually ended the game. I have to say Diaz has a pretty good case but join the club as the home plate strike zone has been a mess for every team this year. You have to rebound from it but it did affect the inning as it gave Ryan Zimmerman a huge hole with Alonso holding Soto on first. But I want to reiterate if you are shifting Zimmerman there you MUST bust him inside since that is where the majority of your fielders are sitting in a shift.
The Mets need to brush this one off real quickly as they play a split doubleheader here on Saturday with the Nats which will be the first of 3 they will play in a week or so. The 2 games will be seven innings and could help the Mets with David Peterson going in one while the other game appears it might be a bullpen game so it would help if Peterson gives the Mets 6 innings of solid pitching like he did in his last start versus the Cubs.
It is a challenging schedule for this team and being minus deGrom until the Mets decide to use him puts more pressure on the other starters who for the last 2 nights pitched well. They need to send a search party out for the offense and do it quickly because you really want at least 2 of the next 3 here to split the series keeping the Nats in the very same position that were at the start of this series. That is the Mets short term goal in the next 2 days.