Fresh meat (er, starter) Aaron Harang served up a home run in the 1st inning and it didn't get better from there as the Mets fell to the Nationals 7-2 to complete the sweep.
The Bad Stuff:
- He's the second marginal starter named Aaron to "grace" the Mets' presence this year. If you figure out who the first one was by the end of this post you earn my hearty congratulations. Aaron Harang took the L in his New York debut, allowing three home runs over his six innings of work.
- Pedro Feliciano and Frank Francisco combined to let in the other three Washington runs.
- Ruben Tejada didn't get a hit in three more at-bats and was pinch-hit for by Andrew Brown in the bottom of the 9th.
- For all the grief, Harang wasn't terrible this afternoon - he even earned a quality start. His final line: 6 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 10 K, 101 pitches.
- Eric Young went 2-3 with a run and another stolen base.
For the second time in as many years a fightless New York Mets team was swept at home by the charging Washington Nationals (who have the best record in baseball since late August - about time!). I understand the team is shorthanded after being decimated by injury and trade in August, but you'd think they'd be able to put up just a little more fight.
The Mets have four games this weekend, including a Saturday doubleheader, against the Miami Marlins. Surely they'll win ONE of those games, right?