NEW YORK – Washington Nationals lost to New York Mets, 6-1, Wednesday to drop their record to 19-30. Here are five observations from the game …
1. What to say when the one who trusts cannot deliver?
It is the status of these Washington citizens, now 11 games under the .500 after Sean Doolittle's worst outing since arriving in Washington, slipping further and farther, unable to stumble into victories and only able to Hunt down ways to lose.
One night after curious bullpen use, which delivered another daunting loss and was followed Wednesday afternoon by a pep-talk-focused team meeting, CEO Davey Martinez sent his knee quake pose of relievers in a superior way.
Joe Ross opened the seventh with one out. Matt Grace followed with two. Six outs to go in a 1
Kyle Barraclough started the eighth. He knocked out J.D. Davis. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled even though the ball should have been caught by Juan Soto. Pete Alonso grounded out. Todd Frazier came to the plate and the possibilities arrived. A mound visit was followed by a four-pitch walk to Frazier. Doolittle stepped in to face the light-threatening veteran Carlos Gomez. Stomach churning chaos followed.
Doolittle hit Gomez with his first pitch – his first beaned blacksmith of the year and only since May 29, 2018. Juan Lagares doubled two places later to clear the bases. Wilson Ramos deliberately went. Pinch Hitter Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer two places in his bat.
It was the end for Doolittle who walked away from the mound with a stunned look. The one reliable piece in the league's worst center of gravity was as catastrophic a night as possible, rinsing Max Scherzer's start and dragging rare quality work from other relievers, and sending citizens to their fourth consecutive losses during this can & # 39 t-get-right season.
What followed was a stupid clubhouse that began to deal with how serious the situation is on May 22.
Adam Eaton wondered where the answers are and said they should come now.
"We must do something different before rather than later," said eaton. "We've been talking about it for weeks now. Just haven't played good baseball."
Martinez said he was "shocked" by Doolittle's off-kilter outing.
"I tell them all the time: This thing will turn around," Martinez said. "It's going to turn around. But we have to believe it will. We need it. It's time we just think we're good enough to play here because we're. And we have to To make it happen. We have to make things happen. And be strong. Stay together. Be strong. Pull on your teammates. And this thing will turn around. "Doolittle found it difficult to pack your head around his rare 12-pitch crumbling.
"I don't know it's hard, and it's a hard place to get in and the context of how our season goes that makes you even more," Doolittle said. "Having Max pitch so good tonight and guys grinding it out … I don't know. I'm really frustrated. I'm disgusted by myself and I let the team down. And it hurts."
Scherzer was strong in his comments on a spiral season.
"When you face adversity, that's when you reveal yourself," Scherzer said. "Whether you have the mental strength to come back and you can block all the negativities that are likely to get around right now. You have to come to the game with the positive attitude of knowing what you can control and that you have the right mindset that you want to go out there and compete and compete at 100 percent. You have to think about all the little things you can do. "
There were those two words again:" little things. "They've conspired against nationals this year, undermining nearly $ 200 million in wages, increasingly jeopardizing the leader's future and ratcheting calls for sweeping change. There has been nothing about them, and nothing the countrymen have found out in the field or off to prevent them from turning out the year before the season is even half finished.
2nd Scherzer needed 109 seats to make it through six innings. The most important of them was his last. The 11-pitched sixth gave the countrymen three fewer outs to pawn on the bullpen. Scherzer opened the 98-seat entrance before working quickly through Todd Frazier, Carlos Gomez and Juan Lagares.
He allowed four hits, knocked out nine and went two. At night, Scherzer's ERA drove down to 3.41. It all seemed a little in the end.
"You just take it by inning, trying to make seats," Scherzer said. "I thought tonight, I had a good inning out of the windup, had a good rocker step, and there were some seats that I threw tonight that I did well because I was good and tall throughout my delivery. That's a little, let me be able to sort out some sort of consistency early in the game and late in the game. When my delivery is right and my slot is in the right place, that's when I do all my seats. felt that I was in a better position tonight assembled than I have been in the past. "
Why was Scherzer back to the height after 98 places in five innings? Due to loss six weeks ago, three weeks ago, last week and this week. A team of 10 games under the .500 must squeeze everything it can out of its ace on May 22. Time for a margin of error is eroded. What happened there (for example, losing series to Miami) is piling up to get a lot of influence later.
3rd Grace has recently been used as a matchup left-hander. He has found that life is more appealing.
Grace matched with Cub's left-handed Anthony Rizzo and recorded a Sunday. He confronted Robinson Cano on Tuesday to get a plot out. Wednesday, Grace was brought in to see the left-handed knife caps Dominic Smith. Lubricated with the soil first. Grace stayed against Amed Rosario and recorded another ball.
The nations are trying to put Grace in stains to get their feet back on the ground after a night as the shock bag at the end of a blowout loss against the Chicago Cubs last Friday (and a down season overall). So far, this role has been better.
4th Remember the expanded minor league tasks after the players were injured? It is gone. And the results are not good.
Matt Adams was activated on Wednesday. Adrian Sanchez was sent to Double-A Harrisburg to make room for 25-man roster.
Adams did all his rehabilitation work with the Major League team. He took batting exercise on the ground and in the batting cages before that. He also took the ground balls and infield practices. What he didn't do was go on a smaller league task despite not playing since May 3. The nations condemned him ready to play because his swing was in place against a pitching machine.
Wednesday he made a decisive mistake in the first entrance. Robinson Cano rolled a small ball to the first, Adams fielded, turned and threw at another base, where the runner was first heading. The ball never came close to the bag. It went to the outskirts instead, which provided Mets with runners on the second and third and one out instead of a runner at first and one out (or a chance at a longshot double bet). Most importantly, Scherzer costs more seats.
Scherzer got out of what he often has this season. He entered the game, which led the league in FIP (fielding-independent pitching).
Trea Turner played only two games for Triple-A Potomac after missing seven weeks. Asked how many games he would have preferred to play there, Turner said one. He made two ways to throw his first game back with citizens.
So immediately these guys put back on the track – which is every player's preference and a place that citizens' record has used them to – is not ideal.
5th Kyle McGowin starts Friday. His visit to the rotation is expected to be temporary.
McGowin will pitch in Jeremy Hellickson's place. He was giving length in the bullpen. Like Erick Fedde, he will be pulled away from the reliefs to fill a rotary plate.
McGowin is a sinker bunch. He made a start at the end of last season. He is also suspended by the Pacific Coast League after a drug was found in his glove after an inspection of judges during his last trip.
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