Mets' Bullpen Collapses, Wasting Jacob deGrom's Strong Night Mets fall to Nationals, 8-6, as dominant bullpen implodes in late innings Nationals storm back to beat Mets, 8-6, and stop the bleeding Mets bullpen implodes, wastes five-run lead in 8-6 loss to Nationals In the NL East, the Nationals have more than just the Mets to worry about

Mets' Bullpen Collapses, Wasting Jacob deGrom's Strong Night

DeGrom carried the Mets into the eighth inning with a 6-1 lead, but a series of relievers let the Nationals rally.

For seven and a third innings, things could hardly have been going better for the Mets as they hosted the Washington Nationals on Monday night. Ramos then walked pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds to force in the Nationals fourth run of the game. DeGrom struck out 12 and held the Nats to three runs, on six hits. Bryce Harper smacked a broken-bat home run on Monday. (Kathy Willens/AP) UNSUNG HERO Todd Frazier extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single and then added an RBI double.

The Nationals scored as many runs in that inning as they had in all but two games this season. For one thing, it is still possible it will be correct in the end. Next, they placed catcher Jhonatan Solano on the 60-day disabled list to clear room on the 40-man roster. If neither settles in as the fifth starter, right-hander Erick Fedde seems just about ready for regular big league duty, and will probably get a chance at some point this season regardless.

Already a Member? That changed rather dramatically on a cold, windy night at Citi Field, when deGrom became the first Mets starter to appear in the eighth. The Nats should get Daniel Murphy back eventually — he made his way to extended Spring Training in Florida last weekend. Copyright © 2018 by WTOP. Their .731 team OPS is only two points higher than the Nationals’, and they have scored two fewer runs.

Brewers lose at home again Bit of a weird season for the Brewers so far. Harper hits broken bat homer I've seen broken bat home runs before. He remains out, and he's since been joined on the disabled list by his replacement, Logan Forsythe . Cubs vs. They had finally gotten a starting pitcher, Jacob deGrom, into the eighth inning of a game. That prompted Callaway to bring in his closer, Familia, who surrendered a single to Wilmer Difo, bringing home two more runs and tying the game.

He has reached base safely in nine straight. He tried his best, driving in two runs with a bases-loaded single with one out in that eighth inning. Their eight runs tied for their second-largest output. Also, pretty much everyone else — humans, computers or otherwise — came to roughly the same conclusion. Neither move requires them to risk losing a player. In the meantime, the job certainly feels like Hellickson’s to lose.

Mets fall to Nationals, 8-6, as dominant bullpen implodes in late innings

The bullpen that carried the Mets to such a hot start to the season completely collapsed Monday night.

Nationals vs. They have not exactly been dominant offensively, either. Now the team is offering them incentives to change. They lost Monday's game to the Reds, dropping them to 2-6 at Miller Park in the early going. Justin Upton ( video ) and Mark Reynolds ( video ) come to mind. Mengden was sent back out for the ninth inning even though his pitch count was already sitting at 100. The early effects of too many teams not trying to compete?

With no one up in the pen, Callaway was forced to stay with Familia, who hit Moises Sierra with a pitch, loading the bases yet again, and then walked Michael Taylor, forcing in the go-ahead run. Monday was his first double-digit strikeout game of the season and the 22nd he has posted in his career. The Mets bullpen, which had been so crucial to their hot start to the season, collapsed. But so many rallies have died when those behind him couldn’t continue them.

ESPN.com’s 29 baseball experts were unanimous in picking the Nationals to win the East. Sending Gott to Syracuse was the only move that wouldn’t leave the Nationals shorthanded. Solano, meanwhile, will get to enjoy at least two months of major league money while not appearing in a single game. Fans in Philly put pictures of Sidney Crosby in the arena urinals for Game 3 on Sunday . Not a Member? Privacy Policy (Updated Jan.

The New York Mets are winning, and they’re six games up on the Nationals. But as the Mets swept the Nationals in Washington last week, they looked more in control, tighter defensively and smarter offensively. Chelsea Janes has covered the Washington Nationals for the Post since the fall of 2014. They've been outscored 48-20 in those eight games as well. Look at this: Unreal. He gave up a home run to Jose Abreu to end his night, but it was still refreshing to see him get a chance for the complete game.

Todd Frazier, signed as a free-agent in the winter, had continued his strong form at the plate, driving in two runs. The inning only ended because a screaming line drive by Trea Turner happened to be hit right at Mets left-fielder Michael Conforto. His last was Sept. They allowed seven runs in the last two innings. This time, they continued the rally — “they” being a group of unlikely heroes cast into duty by injuries that have made comebacks necessary so often but so hard to stage.

Nationals storm back to beat Mets, 8-6, and stop the bleeding

Washington breaks out of its stupor with a six-run eighth inning to rally for a key early-season win over NL East-leading New York.

Fangraphs.com’s computer projections had the Nationals winning 92 games and beating the second-place Mets by eight. Though they have carried a short bench and larger bullpen before and could have just added A.J. That Solano will be unavailable to play until June has actual baseball consequences. The Indians streamed video games on the jumbotron during a rain delay . ... Already A Member? MLB Advanced Media, LP.

A mid-April series has rarely felt so pivotal to these Nationals, who have not had to scratch and claw so soon since 2015. The team got good news this weekend: Daniel Murphy will head to West Palm Beach to start playing in extended spring training games. She previously covered high school sports for the Post. Drake woke up with a 1.16 ERA on Monday, and he'll go to bed with a 7.00 ERA. That was Harper's league leading eighth home run of the season in his 17th game.

CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. And Asdrubal Cabrera, who wasn’t sure he even wanted to be here last June, continued to hit as if there were nowhere he would rather be than at Citi Field. The Nationals added their eighth run on a solo home run by Kendrick off Hansel Robles leading off the ninth. He retired 10 straight after Harper's home run in the first until Matt Adams singled in the fifth.

After Harper’s single, Ryan Zimmerman struck out looking. Now they are one game under. Plenty about this season’s first 2 1/2 weeks has been fluky, from the awful weather to the scheduling quirks that seem to have affected almost everyone. Cole to the bullpen and sent a position player out, they cannot afford to do that now. Spencer Kieboom is the most big league ready catcher active in Washington’s system, and the recent signing of Tuffy Gosewich means he could be an option soon, too.

By signing up, I agree to the Sports Illustrated Terms of Use . WASHINGTON — Sixteen games is, essentially, one-tenth of the baseball season. And I think that’s what we’re trying to do and that’s all we really can do. No series played in the spring will define a season, nor even make or break it. His return is not far off. Follow @chelsea_janes The story must be told. Despite their home struggles, the Brewers have been quite strong on the road, going 6-3 in nine road games and outscoring their opponents 40-31.

Mets bullpen implodes, wastes five-run lead in 8-6 loss to Nationals

Then deGrom left, and what had seemed destined to be a statement game for the Mets turned into a nightmare. An earlier version of this article misstated the circumstances of Asdrubal Cabrera’s being thrown out at the third base in the bottom of the ninth inning. He left after giving up a one out single to Turner in the eighth and his exit led to the total collapse. Nationals, 7:10 p.m. He is struggling, which is part of why so many rallies have sputtered early.

Win-loss records at this point can be deceiving. Anthony Rendon has not played since Saturday after fouling a ball off his big toe. Either man would need to be added to the 40-man roster should the Nationals need his help. R. Lee Ermey, the man most famous for his role in  Full Metal Jacket , is dead at the age of 74. ... Sports Illustrated treats this information with care and respect. That’s not a large percentage, but it’s a notable one, enough to use as a barometer for how a team looks.

Even if the Nationals were to take two of three from the Mets this week, they would still find themselves under .500. But other than Murphy’s return, the Nationals seem to lose more firepower by the day. Your subscription supports journalism that matters. I reckon these home struggles won't last all season for the Brew Crew. Judge becomes fastest to 60 homers Monday night, the red hot Aaron Judge clubbed his fourth home run of the season against former Yankees teammate Caleb Smith .

Noah K. A version of this article appears in print on April 17, 2018, on Page B13 of the New York edition with the headline: Good Times, Until the Bullpen Entered. Michael Conforto doubled with two outs in the first and then scored on Todd Frazier's single to tie the game. Zack Wheeler (1-0, 1.29) vs. But this time, Severino followed with a two-out single. Now they are five games back with a chance to shave another game off the Mets’ overworked bullpen Tuesday night.

Brian Goodwin is dealing with a sore wrist, and is still only available for limited late-game duty. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (7-9) Trea Turner SS Howie Kendrick 2B Bryce Harper RF Ryan Zimmerman 1B Matt Adams LF Matt Wieters C Wilmer Difo 3B Jeremy Hellickson P Michael A. Patrick Reed showed up at the Rockets game wearing his Masters green jacket . ... The most trusted voice in sports delivered straight to your inbox.

In the NL East, the Nationals have more than just the Mets to worry about

Most preseason projections had the Nationals waltzing to the title in the presumably mediocre National League East. Think again.

Adam Eaton is still on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his ankle, though all indications are that he will not be out much longer than the 10 days required for such a stint. Plus Giancarlo Stanton faced the Marlins. Stanton, Yankees blow out Marlins Giancarlo Stanton's first career game against the Marlins was a smashing success for his team. Aaron Judge goes YARD. Those 100 pitches stress-free, so he A's skipper Doug Melvin gave him a chance to complete the game. Quick hits Pirates 2B Josh Harrison will miss six weeks with a broken hand .

We’re interested in your feedback on this page. The Mets took the lead in the third when Asdrubal Cabrera scored on Frazier's double. Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 2.20). Matt Reynolds walked. They had failed but not succeeded, fostered doubts but never vanquished them. The Nationals have put themselves in an early hole — behind not one team, but three. So the Nationals have three healthy players on their bench, and one of them is a catcher.

Watch the Wilmer Walk Off! By signing up I agree to the Sports Illustrated Terms of Use . The combination of the Nats’ sluggish opening half of April with the Mets’ lightning-hot one has left them in fourth place, six games back. Since 2014, the Nats have dominated the division, going 187-117 (.615) against the NL East while going a respectable, but much less dominant, 184-160 (.535) against the rest of the league.

He is eligible to come off the DL the day after the series with the Mets ends. There were supposed to be 12 games on this Monday, but the weather robbed us of three of those, meaning one third of the league will have the day off. The Yankees blew the Marlins out 12-1 on Monday, though Stanton personally didn't have a huge hand in the win. That's four homers on the year for the big fella. pic.twitter.com/GMoqkYF2h9 — YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 16, 2018 That home run extended Judge's hit streak to an MLB leading 12 games.

It’s not even a whole game,” Manager Mickey Callaway said. “It’s really just one inning. Accessibility concerns? Conforto tried to score as well, but was thrown out at the plate by Turner's strong relay throw. Confidence does not come from perfection but from knowing that imperfection does not have to be fatal. The Mets brought in closer Jeurys Familia to face Difo. But Monday night, they battled back from the brink — which means they now know they can do it again.

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Washington also placed catcher Jhonatan Solano on the 60-day disabled list, a noteworthy move in itself.

As is the custom, his teammates showered him with Gatorade. Privacy Policy . What it means, simply, is that the margin of error is gone. While the Marlins may be a disaster this year, the rest of the division looks to be more competitive, meaning fewer easy wins than in recent years. In fairness to the Nationals, the are not the only projected division winner to not look the part yet. Their primary fill-in for Eaton, Brian Goodwin, has been battling a sore wrist since Wednesday, but he pinch-hit Sunday and seems likely to be able to play this week.

He went 0 for 3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. He went 16 for 41 (.390) with three home runs and 11 walks in the first 11 games of the streak. The Rays will be without CF Kevin Kiermaier for a few months . We outplayed them for the rest of the game. Email us at [email protected] . After the Mets scored two without a hit out of the infield in the sixth, Cabrera added to the lead in the seventh, homering to right field to bring in two more runs.

Difo, playing because Anthony Rendon is hurt and Howie Kendrick is already filling in for Daniel Murphy at second base, singled to tie the score. She previously covered high school sports for the Post. Read more: Nationals vs. He had an 5.40 ERA in five appearances. Your subscription supports journalism that matters. The only problem is it was freezing cold out. NEW YORK -- Unhappy with his results despite a 3.06 ERA over his first three starts, Jacob deGrom took time following the last one to review his mechanics.

Finally, the camels. The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West . That Hellickson would get a chance was a foregone conclusion. Every move he made worked, especially with the bullpen. Gary Sanchez (3 for 4, 3 RBI) and Didi Gregorius (2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI) led the way offensively. That home run was also career home run No. Kiermaier tore a ligament in his thumb sliding into a base during the weekend.

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Moises Sierra, who started the inning with a single and was playing because Adam Eaton is on the disabled list and Brian Goodwin’s wrist is sore, got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Follow @chelsea_janes The story must be told. Now the team is offering them incentives to change. The unofficial move, the one that cleared a spot in the rotation, pushed Cole out of the rotation and to the bullpen. The smartest move in baseball yesterday was this trade pulled off by two kids in the stands at Nationals Park.

He called up tape of his last start, in which he allowed four runs over six innings in Miami, splicing it side-by-side with an outing from 2015. But the same system also picks the Mets to go just 73-75 from here on out, leaving them at 85-77. Davey Martinez’s Spring Training stunt was meant to be a lighthearted way of addressing the elephant that looms behind any conversation of this era of Nationals baseball.

That it would come in such a relatively important April matchup was not. Until Monday, that is. The Marlins are now 2-10 in their last 12 games and have been outscored 77-32 in the process. Judge broke McGwire's rookie record last season with 52 home runs. The A's approached 3B Matt Chapman about an extension -- but agent Scott Boras isn't interested . An error has occurred. The Mets (12-3) have lost two of their last four and dropped their first game of the season to the Nationals (8-9) or any division opponent.

When the Nationals began the eighth inning Monday night trailing the Mets 6-1, they sat in a confounding sort of purgatory. Rallies such as that are not easy to stage and become more difficult when the lineup is missing three all-star-caliber players. Your subscription supports journalism that matters. Dave Sheinin has been a Washington Post sports writer since 1999. He lost his spot after two extremely different outings.

Click here for  previous editions of Hot Clicks . Almost immediately, deGrom noticed that his arm was dropping when he swung it behind him to begin his delivery. It also picks the 9-5 Phillies to go 76-72, finishing at 85-77 as well. It was the type of thing that his mentor, Joe Maddon, has used to lighten the mood and ease the grind of a long season. Nothing is decided, and the Mets will not play this well forever.

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NEW YORK -- Unhappy with his results despite a 3.06 ERA over his first three starts, Jacob deGrom took time following the last one to review his mechanics. He called up tape of his last start, in which he allowed four runs over six innings in Miami, splicing it side-by-side with an outing from 2015. Almost immediately, deGrom noticed that his arm was dropping when he swung it behind him to begin his delivery. The fix was relatively simple and "even just playing catch, it made a big difference," said deGrom, who struck out a dozen Nationals over 7 1/3 innings Monday, taking a no-decision in the Mets' 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

Chapman has been one of the best players in baseball so far this year. Playing without Jay Bruce, who a had flare-up of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and Yoenis Cespedes, given the night off, the Mets answered Harper’s home run with six unanswered runs. It was the first blown save for Jeurys Familia, who allowed two of his inherited runners to score, coughing up the lead to the Nationals. He muscled the ball deep to right-center field, into the bullpen area.

The Nationals staged it anyway. They’re already in the hole to not one team, but three. (Toni L. Before working at The Post, he covered golf, Florida Gators football and Major League Baseball for the Miami Herald. In his first start of the season, Cole allowed 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings to the Braves. So the kids decided to swap souvenirs and go home with the ones hit by their team’s players. Don't get stuck on the sidelines!

The Washington Nationals open the 2018 campaign on Friday, March 30 in Cincinnati. But as the first public, unorthodox move by a new skipper, it was bound to draw undue attention. But they will head into Monday’s series opener at Citi Field on a high note after noted Nationals nemesis Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off homer against old friend Matt Albers on Sunday afternoon. Hellickson is no stranger to the NL East, and many Mets have long histories against him.

Another leadoff Springer Dinger Including Monday, the Astros have played 17 games so far this season. Dodgers climb out of NL West cellar Thanks to Monday's win over the Padres, the Dodgers are officially out of the NL West cellar. Brewers OF Christian Yelich will work out the next few days before being activated off the disabled list. Frazier, who is batting .313, singled in one run in the bottom of the first and doubled in another in the third.

Jacob deGrom recorded 12 strikeouts. (Kathy Willens/AP) TURNING POINT The eighth inning meltdown was stunning. Others thought they were doomed. Then Familia walked another struggling regular, Taylor, to give the Nationals the go-ahead run. After this week, the Nationals will play just three more games against division opponents — a home series against the Philadelphia Phillies on the first weekend in May — over the next five weeks.

The notion of “needing help in the pen” is part company line, part reality. This is a guy who was atrocious enough last season that it was pretty shocking he found a job this year. Sports Illustrated may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. At just 84 pitches through seven innings, deGrom returned to the mound for the eighth, but allowed singles to two of the three batters he faced.

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They are 12-2, in the midst of a charmed start that qualifies as the best in franchise history. Cabrera, for example, owns a .391 batting average against the righty in 25 plate appearances. Prior to Monday's game Callaway's bullpen had allowed six runs total in their previous 16 1/3 innings, then they coughed up five runs in 1 2/3 innings Monday. George Springer has now started three of them with a leadoff home run.

He is currently out with an oblique injury. But once deGrom left the game, having allowed two singles, it all caved in on the Mets. Advertisement The Nationals chased deGrom with one out in the eighth, with singles by Moises Sierra and Trea Turner and that changed the game. It started with Seth Lugo walking Howie Kendrick on four pitches and ended with the bullpen having coughed up six runs in 2/3 of an inning, including walking in two runs.

Mets relievers provided the Nationals with several breaks in that rally. They won’t see the Mets again until mid-July. Your subscription supports journalism that matters. At several points this season, the Nationals could have used a long man, someone to eat three or four innings at a time instead of one or two. His fastball averaged 87.5 mph over his first three starts but was up around 89 mph on Sunday and he threw it on 83 of his 99 pitches, yet no one was able to hit it until the 23rd batter of the game.

Manager Mickey Callaway removed him at that point for reliever Seth Lugo , who walked a batter. No team with a losing record through 16 games made the playoffs last year. In Washington’s first Wednesday game of the season, with Max Scherzer on the hill in Atlanta, they lost to the Braves, 7-1. Their starting rotation is healthy, which has always been the differentiating factor for this team. Yoenis Cespedes has three homers in 19 at-bats.

He hit his third leadoff Springer Dinger of 2018 on Monday. Los Angeles won Monday thanks in large part to former Padre  Matt Kemp , who received a hearty round of boos when he stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat. Braves C Tyler Flowers , who is out with an oblique injury, went through catching drills Monday and could be cleared to resume hitting later this weekend. Lugo walked Howie Kendrick to load the bases.

STAR OF GAME DeGrom was dominating until the eighth inning. By the eighth inning Monday, one of their relievers had literally kicked a ball so far that a run could score. Frankly, they were due for a few. At one time, that may have seemed like a raw deal: Most preseason projections had the Nationals waltzing to the title in the presumably mediocre National League East. First, they had to clear a spot on the 25-man roster.

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Banister will be nervous about Bartolo’s pitch count soon. A part of the Sports Illustrated Network Copyright © 2017 Time Inc. Jerry Blevins then allowed both of deGrom's outstanding baserunners to score on a Harper single, resulting in three earned runs on deGrom's line. In their four division-title runs, the Nationals have never played 16 games without a winning record, their worst mark being 9-7 in 2014.

Their veteran lineup boasts experience, particularly against this Nationals staff, and has also stayed healthy. The key will be changing speeds, creating a substantial difference between his low-90s/high-80s fastball and his change-up. The Nationals, meanwhile, scored a much-needed win against the team they're chasing in the super early NL East standings. It may be better to walk @GeorgeSpringer .

Top Yankees prospect IF Gleyber Torres was removed from Monday's Triple-A game with back stiffness, the Yankees say. Callaway then called upon Blevins, his left-handed specialist, to face the left-handed hitting Harper. AJ Ramos got Ryan Zimmerman on a called third strike, but gave up a single to Pedro Severino to load the bases. He struck out 12 and had retired 10 straight after giving up a solo home run to Harper in the first.

Earlier, Matt Grace had kicked deGrom’s safety squeeze foul. Those 76 intradivisional games against their cupcake rivals would be where the Nationals fatten up for the long haul. Second, they had to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, which is often the more complicated task. It will also prevent the Nationals from having to place him on waivers before assigning him to the minors. Four baboons escaped their enclosure at a San Antonio biomedical research facility Saturday.

Mets starters had performed well enough over the season's first fortnight, entering Monday's play seventh in the league in ERA. It’s a tough time for the Nats to embark on a bicoastal, three-city jaunt to Queens, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Their next Wednesday game will be the series finale in Flushing, against a Mets team that swept the Nats in Washington. Veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier are off to hot starts.

Washington improved to 8-9 on the season with Monday's win. Make it another leadoff #SpringerDinger ! pic.twitter.com/Guj8BKIszA — MLB (@MLB) April 17, 2018 The reigning World Series MVP has three leadoff homers by himself in 2018. The Dodgers have won back-to-back games for the third time this season -- they have six wins thanks to three sets of back-to-back wins -- though the problem has been avoiding losing streaks.

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The Nationals were on the verge of losing their fourth straight game to their division rivals, on the verge of plummeting to seven games back in the National League East. Cole’s first relief appearance consisted of two balls hit to the wall. For example: The NL East may be better than we thought. Finally, they needed to clear a spot in the starting rotation. Cole is out of options, and another team with a weaker rotation might decide he would fit well in its major league rotation.

All Rights Reserved. But the Mets had rocketed out to the best start in franchise history more on the shoulders of their bullpen and lineup than on anything related to their rotation. They’ll have neither Stephen Strasburg nor Max Scherzer on rotation for that opening series, where they’ll open against Jacob DeGrom Monday night. Need a break? The Nationals will catch a break in that they will miss stifling Noah Syndergaard.

They were swept at home by these same Mets two weeks ago. No other team in baseball has more than one leadoff homer this season. Their season to date: L, L, W, W, L, L, L, L, W, W, L, L, L, W, W. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He began well, striking out Ryan Zimmerman, but allowed a single to Severino, loading the bases once again. It didn't end there, Hansel Robles gave up a ninth-inning homer to Howie Kendrick for the insurance run.

Then, five runs down to a team that had lost just two games all season, they scored six. All of that obscured 4⅔ strong innings from Jeremy Hellickson, who threw 88 pitches in his Nationals debut and gave up two runs — one of them because a flyball bounced off the glove of Matt Adams. Most of the preseason projections had the Nationals winning the East with ease. Three hours before game time, they announced both official moves, optioning reliever Trevor Gott to Class AAA Syracuse to clear room on the 25-man roster.

Four baboons escaped from a San Antonio research facility this weekend . Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy ( Your California Privacy Rights ). Only one Mets starter, Zack Wheeler , had even thrown a pitch in the seventh inning. And as poorly as the Dodgers have played so far, they’re on turn to run out Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Play a quick game of solitaire or Sudoku.