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Instant Analysis: Mets 11, Nats 3

Aug 31, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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Game in a nutshell: Whatever momentum Dan Haren had going over the past few weeks came to a screeching halt on Saturday night, as the veteran lasted just 2 2/3 innings an a lopsided loss for the Nats. Haren struggled early his last time out in Kansas City, but recovered to give his team a chance. This time he couldn’t seem to get anyone out and finished with his worst start of the 2013 season. While Haren was terrible, Mets rookie Zack Wheeler baffled the Nats’ lineup through 6 2/3 innings. The Nats finally got some runs off him in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth and an RBI single by Ian Desmond. But overall, through a hot and muggy night at Nationals Park, it was all Wheeler and the Mets. New York got three more in the top of the eighth off Ryan Mattheus to put this one on ice and complete a disastrous evening for the Nats. Haren picked a bad time to lay an egg as the Nats have now lost two straight games.

Hitting lowlight: Wheeler had no problem with the Nats’ lineup until they finally struck for some runs in the sixth inning. He began the game perfect through 2 2/3 innings and gave up five hits and just one walk overall. The Nats did, however, see Denard Span record three hits and push his career-high hitting streak to 14 games.

Pitching lowlight: Haren put in his worst outing of what has been a disappointing year overall. He gave up nine hits through just 2 2/3 innings and took seven earned runs. He was replaced by Tanner Roark in the third and heard boos as he walked off the field into the dugout. Haren has now allowed 11 earned runs in his last 9 2/3 innings, this after being the Nats’ most consistent pitcher for over a month.

Key stat: Dan Haren has allowed 11 earned runs across his last two starts, more than he gave up in his previous eight outings combined.

Up next: The Nationals will try to salvage this series and avoid the sweep with Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58) facing off against Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69). It’s an 8:05 p.m. start as the game is on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

  1. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    This was painful. When the highlight is Solano’s pinch hit single you kno its a bad night.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      I’m glad to see Span finally find his groove and (hopeful) consistency….

  2. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    You see the lowlights? 2 balls off the out stretched glove of Zimmerman. His 1st step is very poor instinctually. Hes still playing in to close and that split second is costing this team.

    Has to be frustrating to the pitchers when they induce the grounders.

  3. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Rizzo was in such a tough spot with Haren. But now in hindsight, I wish we would’ve traded him. But at the time, I wanted us to keep him because I really thought we had a surge in us.

    Tomorrow is must-win. Period. We lose, our playoff hopes are done. Can’t get swept by the Mets. Our playoff hopes are pretty much done now with the Reds winning, but they’re really done if we lose tomorrow.

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      That start 5 days ago killed his value. Dont think for a minute Rizzo wasnt trying to trade him.

    • paul brandt - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      DP, recall you saying don’t trade haren!

      doesn’t matter & davey is just talking gibberish in his presser…the old man is tired and done.

      he has trouble putting a sentence together…i know he has no interest in being in the press conference but its part of the job.

  4. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Davey once again saying Bryce needs to learn to tune everyone out. He’s a great player, but he gets overwhelmed with all the voices telling him he should be doing this or that. But it’s hard for a young player to tune that stuff out.

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Rizzo has his work cut out for him…. He has got to address the BP, the BP and finding another LHp for the starting rotation…

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Are you writing off Detwiler

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        MrsB thinks Detwiler is being moved to the bullpen for some reason. I think he’s in the rotation, but we’ll have insurance behind him (Taylor Jordan?) in case he can’t stay healthy.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Det can’t stay healthy… He is best served coming from the BP at this point… Plus we need a good LHP in the BP to go along with Krol…

        Last year, our bench and BP really solidified stuff for us… This year, for the most part, they are a major let down…

        And yeah I think you have Haren’s replacement with T Jordan, already….

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    This Clemson and Georgia game is some kind of good….

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    My thoughts from April on what’s wrong with this team are the same problems now. Only problem fixed was 2nd base.

    • nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Lets see, Haren, front of the bullpen, Zimmermans defense, Laroches offense, Espinosas offense, Bench slumping led by Tracy.

      Am I close?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      If we had signed K Lohse like I wanted… *sigh*. Then we wouldn’t have had to rush T Jordan up here…

      Hell take 8 losses from Haren and we are having a totally different conversation….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        I was politicing for Lohse last year.

        Nats128, good summation.

  8. Sonny G 10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    This game was definitely a disaster. There is probably no post season for us, but I want to see winning baseball until the end. So….let’s win tomorrow and go on another tear.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    And…I hope they find a manager who is currently not associated with the Nats organization… Need someone fresh, younger and more energetic…

    I like Knorr but I don’t think he is the answer…

  10. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Look at Laroche. 2nd from the bottom in UZR and 4th from the bottom in OPS. Thats costly. Call it a mistake and move on.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=1b&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=10,d

  11. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    There really are no great free agent 1B this coming year. Assuming Zimmerman stays at third (many think he should move, but regardless of what we want, I think he’s staying there), what do you think of signing Brian McCann and moving him to first?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Not a great year for corner infielders as FAs.

      • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        We may be locked into hoping LaRoche rebounds. I honestly think he will. But I don’t particularly want to take the chance that he doesn’t.

  12. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Dodgers just traded for Michael Young from the Phillies. Okay then.

  13. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Ugly game. Ugly series. Ugly season.

  14. natsfan1a - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Yeah, that was a stinker. Here’s hoping that they’ll bounce back with a well-played win tonight, when I’ll be there. :-)

  15. umpiressuk - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    I hope they win just for you natsfan1a!

  16. natsfan1a - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Thx! :-)

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