Ultimate Insult: Mets Shutout By Nationals
The Mets had every reason to be confident they would win the second game of their three game series with the Nationals yesterday. The Mets had won the first game easily by a 6-2 score on Monday.
It was the ultimate insult for the Mets to be shutout by the worst team in the majors which has won only 27 times in 93 games.
However John Lannan 7-7 and the Nationals had other plans for the Mets last night. Lannan pitched a complete game 4-0 shutout over the Mets limiting them to seven singles. Neither team had an extra base hit in the game. The game was played in only two hours and nine minutes.
With Oliver Perez 2-3 on the mound for the Mets the Nationals didn’t need an extra base hit since Perez walked six batters and hit a batter. Perez has walked 38 batters in 38 innings this season and his ERA is 7.68. To make matters worse Perez lost to the Nationals for the second time this season.
The loss dropped the Mets to ten games behind the Phillies who are currently in a ten game winning streak. The Mets have lost ten of their last fifteen games.
The only positive note for the Mets was that Jeff Francoeur was 2-4 at the plate and is hitting .364 as a Met after hitting .250 with the Braves.
The question now is how much longer Jerry Manuel will manage the Mets. Even though the Mets have been beset by injuries this season Manuel has no reason to feel his job is safe.
Looking At Standings
AL East: The Yankees who have won five in a row took over sole possession of first place in the AL East when their win coupled with a Red Sox loss gave them a one game lead. The Rays are only four and a half games behind the Yankees and could still be a factor in the race.
It is looking like the Blue Jays and Orioles will be sellers if they make any deals since they have slid to ten and a half and fifteen games back of the Yankees respectively.
AL Central: All of the AL Central teams are .500 or worse in their last ten games with the top three teams all 5-5 in their last ten games. The Tigers, White Sox and Twins are 5-5 while the Royals are 1-9 and the Indians are 4-6 in their last ten games.
It is a three team race with the Tigers two games ahead of the White Sox and two and a half games ahead of the Twins.
AL West: The Angels are 8-2 in their last ten games and are holding a three game lead over the Rangers. The Mariners are five and a half games back of the Angels so may not be a seller before the deadline for trading later this month. The A’s are 15 games back and may be losing Matt Holliday before the trading deadline.
NL East: The Phillies stretched their lead over the fourth place Mets to ten games on a walkoff homer by Jayson Werth in the thirteen inning 4-1 win over the Cubs. All the other NL East teams won on Tuesday.
On July 2 the Phillies had lost 12 of 15 games and had a 37-34 record. Now 20 days later they are 53-38 for a 16-4 stretch and in a current ten game winning streak.
The Braves and Marlins are six and a half and seven games back of the Phillies respectively. J.A. Happ 7-0 is 5-0 since being inserted into the Phillies starting rotation while Rodrigo Lopez who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2007 is 2-0 after three starts.
NL Central: The Cardinals are barely hanging onto their two game lead in the NL Central with Cubs, Astros and Brewers all two games back of the Cardinals. The Reds are five and a half games back and the Pirates are eight and a half games back and likely to continue their streak of losing seasons since 1992.
The Cubs could only manage only five hits in their thirteen inning loss to the Phillies. Jeff Samardzija absorbed his first major league loss in the contest.
NL West: The Dodgers stretched their NL West lead to nine games over the Rockies with a 12-3 win over the Reds. The Giants fell to nine and a half games behind the Dodgers.
The Padres and Diamondbacks will be sellers if they execute any trades before the trading deadline since they are twenty and twenty three games back of the Dodgers.