The New York Mets final series of the season didn’t end that well in Washington. The Mets entered the 3 game finale with a slight chance to make the playoffs. The (26-32) Mets, had managed to stay alive into Saturday, as the last NL wild-card spot remained open, though the Giants, Phillies, and Brewers all were in a better position to claim that prize.
Game 1 of Series, September 26- Mets 3 | Nationals 4
The Mets started off their doubleheader on Saturday with Jacob DeGrom pitching, his last outing to increase the chances of winning a 3rd straight Cy Young. On the other side of the ball, it was Max Scherzer pitching, who hasn’t been as electric as we have seen him in the past. DeGrom threw a season-high 113 pitches and was removed after five innings in which he allowed three earned runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander concluded with a 2.38 ERA and will finish as the NL leader with 103 strikeouts. With Reds’ pitcher Trevor Bauer in a comfortable position, deGrom probably needed a special afternoon to boost his chances of winning the Cy Young award for a third straight season, but it wasn’t that special.
Max Scherzer pitched 6 innings, giving up three hits and three runs in the game. On the positive side of things for the Mets, Wilson Ramos who has had a disappointing season hit a two-run home run off of Scherzer. The Mets hold a 2021 option on the veteran catcher, but there is a good chance the team will look in a different direction. Another positive was Amed Rosario, who had replaced Andres Gimenez during an at-bat in the second inning. Rosario hit his 3rd home run of the season, but his future is uncertain as Gimenez can very well take his spot at shortstop. Gimenez, according to the team, departed with right oblique tightness, likely ending his standout rookie season.
Game 2, September 26- Mets 3 | Nationals 5
Game 2 of the doubleheader featured Rick Porcello and Anibal Sanchez. It was Rick Porcello’s last chance to put a smile on Mets fans, as he has underperformed all season. Porcello joined the Mets after playing the previous five seasons for the Boston Red Sox. He had his best season in 2016, going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, good enough to win the AL Cy Young Award.
Trea Turner started off the Nationals’ decisive third inning of the second game with a homer to left field off Porcello. Yadiel Hernandez and Kurt Suzuki drove in runs for Washington before first baseman Alonso’s fielding error with two outs. This then opened the door for two unearned runs. For the Mets, Alonso hit a two-run homer, his team-leading 14th, off Anibal Sanchez into the visitor’s bullpen in the fourth. Todd Frazier had a run-scoring single in the sixth for New York, but Nats reliever Wander Suero struck out two batters with the bases loaded to end the inning. Daniel Hudson got his 10th save, to wrap up the game.
Game 3, September 27- Mets 5 | Nationals 15
The last game of the season for both the Mets and Nationals would feature Seth Lugo and Austin Voth. The Nationals and Mets who came into the season as NL East favorites have been very disappointing, but there’s one last game to put a smile on people’s faces.
This last game of the season summed up the whole season for the Mets, the offense produced but pitching gave them the loss. The Mets lost by a terrible score, 15-5. Pete Alonso did hit 2 home runs in the game, finishing the season with 16 home runs, which led the Mets. Seth Lugo got the loss after he gave up 6 runs in 1.1 innings. The Mets finish their season after getting swept by the Nationals, a team that hasn’t done any better than the Mets this season.