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The Mets totally shellack the Nats in the first game of today’s double header

Jul 26, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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I don’t guess one game of a doubleheader is usually that notable, but since it was the only day game today the Mets-Nats affair got my attention. And even if it hadn’t beforehand, man, it would have after it got going.

The Mets demolished the Nationals 11-0. Jenrry Mejia got the start for New York and tossed seven shutout innings, striking out seven. Daniel Murphy was a one-man wrecking crew, going 4 for 5 with two homers.  Ike Davis even got in on the act, hitting a three-run homer long after the game was decided.

About that Davis homer: it came off Drew Storen. And why Storen was pitching in the first place is a mystery.  He came down with the flu overnight, and before the game Davey Johnson said that it was most likely that Storen would be unavailable for the day “unless he has a dramatic recovery.” But there he was in the ninth, coming in a game with runners on base. He gave up an RBI single to David Wright on his first pitch. An RBI double on his third pitch. The homer to Davis on his fourth. Davey basically made him wear this one.

Not everyone was happy with it. One of the unhappy ones: Drew Storen’s dad:

I gave half a thought to the Nationals maybe bouncing back after yesterday’s walkoff win. But baseball doesn’t work that way. And the hot, sticky mess that is their 2013 season continues.

  1. goskinsvt - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Oof, frustrating year for Nats fans.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      Speaking for the group, I think it safe to say we found the nightcap infinitely more enjoyable, especially Mr Zimmerman’s walk-off blast that was caught by a chap wearing a Zimmerman jersey.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    You know if it weren’t for that 12-1 start I have to wonder if Philly, Washington and Atlanta would all be duking it out to be the sub .500 division leader.

    • chc4 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      If your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle.

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      The Mets are only 1.5 games out of 2nd place.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Ok then, add the Mets to the list. The point is to illustrate how every game from April to September counts and any week to two week streak can define a season.

  3. xmatt0926x - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    What the bleep? How can the Nats be this bad? I would have pegged them for an easy 95-100 wins. They were struggling, middling at a few games above .500 for a while and you kept expecting them to go on a run and right the ship once and for all, but it just keeps getting worse.

    It’s not like they have lost all of their stars for most of the season. Didn’t Zimmerman pitch today? He has to be injured. I’m guessing Mike “do you know where I’m from?” Rizzo is looking for people to beat up at this point. Somebody please check on Davey Johnson. That Rizzo is just a menace….

    • goskinsvt - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

  4. neoshweaty - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Yeah! Mets have been on a really good run since Wheeler got called up (not that he has been lighting it up, the events just happened to line up.

  5. yahmule - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Zimmermann’s neck is clearly not right. Why the hell don’t they skip him at least one start?

  6. whosennext - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    After last season, and the way this season has gone, the Nationals owner and GM got to be kicking themselves for sitting Stephen Strasburg and costing themselves a chance at a World Series. This team has absolutely fallen apart and will not recover this season. Championship type season do not come along often enough but to take it for granted and think shutting down your ace and thinking next year you be as good or even better and make up for it is costly. I understand that you want to be careful with him, but you could have continued pitching him. Strasburg should have been asked to be honest and if anything felt out of the wack, he needed to let the manager know ASAP so he could be pulled and checked. I actually feel badly for them because like I said, championship type season are not a guarantee and you got to let it ride when that chance comes along.

    • neoshweaty - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      The Nats were looking out for their team years down the line instead of in the present, which is certainly one way of doing things. Also, I don’t know how reliable you can be with players and their because there are countless stories of them lying to stay out there. However, what I don’t understand is why they didn’t stagger his starts more by skipping his start or moving his starts around so he could have pitched in the postseason.

      Davey probably should understand better than anyone else on the team how small the window can be for a team that is supposed to be a dynasty since his Mets teams in the 80s seemed poised to win championship after championship but only got one of them.

      • thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        BIG difference. The 86 Mets actually won a championship. The Washington Nationals have been all hype to this point. They had a 100-win team last year that couldn’t get out of the first round thanks to a monumentally stupid decision by GM Mike “Toughguy” Rizzo.

        Oh yeah – I forgot – they won the game Strasburg would have started. That makes it ok now.

    • evanwins - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      It points to their hubris. They thought they were so good that they (a) could win without him and (b) would be back for years to come. That hubris trickled down form the FO to the team and it’s probably why they are not doing so well this year. They just assumed they were going to win.

  7. ayblincoln - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Storen is probably going to be sent down anyway now that Mattheus is back from the broken hand. Davey may have been giving him one last shot or just keeping the wear off the rest of the pen for tonights game. I don’t have a problem with storen coming into a 6-0 game, it was the decision to bring him into a 1-0 contest in the ninth after a Stras gem on Wed that ticked me off. Hopefully he’ll get himself figured out and we’ll see him next year.

  8. El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Why do they say “sicker than a dog”?

    • hoopmatch - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      If George Carlin was still around he could do five minutes on that.

    • norcalfrog - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      “Sick as a dog,” which means “extremely sick” and dates back to at least the 17th century, is not so much negative as it is simply descriptive. Anyone who knows dogs knows that while they can and often will eat absolutely anything, on those occasions when their diet disagrees with them the results can be quite dramatic. And while Americans may consider themselves “sick” when they have a bad cold, in Britain that would be called “feeling ill.” “Being sick” in Britain usually means “to vomit.”

      So to really appreciate the original sense of “sick as a dog,” imagine yourself seated in the parlor having tea with the Vicar on a lovely Sunday afternoon, when Fido staggers in from a meal of sun-dried woodchuck and expresses his unease all over your heirloom oriental carpet. “… from Carol Pozefskyat all

      Storen would probably rather be “feeling ill” but hey…

  9. goawaydog - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    what ever happened to NatsLady?

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      She was shut down for the season by Mike Rizzo.

    • natslady - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      I have my own blog now. It takes a lot of time and I rarely post here, though I do usually read.

  10. cackalackyank - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Your 2013 Nats season…..also known as the ‘the baseball gods way of reminding you that you never know when you will make the playoffs again…so pitch your best pitcher in the playoffs when you are there.”

  11. evanwins - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I never bought into all the Nats hype. They had a really good year last year and all of the sudden they became the best team in baseball by all of the writers and a lot of baseball fans. I couldn’t understand it and never believed it.

    Everything that could go right for them last year went absolutely right. Career year from Adam LaRoche, solid bullpen performances from guys with unspectacular track records, injuries to their main competitors, everything. Was everyone counting on all that happening again?

    This is a team that hadn’t had a winning record since moving to DC. A team only a few years removed from back to back 100+ loss seasons. One good year and they were all of the sudden the best team in baseball? And these were experts saying this. Unbelievable. And they weren’t just “maybe-ing” it either – they were definitively giving them the trophy.

    And then the team bought into it and got all cocky. Like playing the games was a formality. Remember earlier in the year the “I’m not impressed” comments by Strasburg and Desmond? World Series or bust? What a fucking joke this team turned out to be.

    • thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      They have a solid core of players, but they were built up to more than they really are by the sports media. They have a lot of holes. Shortstop is a big one. And Denard Span is horrible…I still can’t believe they gave up Meyer for that guy.

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