Originally posted on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 4/11/12
On the 50th anniversary of the Mets 1st game, the Washington Nationals (4-2) defeated the New York Mets (4-2) this afternoon behind a dominant start from Stephen Strasburg and a messy effort from the Mets relief corps.
What was pegged to be an epic pitching matchup between the 2-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana and the 2009 #1 overall selection Stephen Strasburg proved to be just that despite the duel not going long.
Johan Santana (0-1) took the unfortunate loss in this afternoon's game, pitching 5 strong innings and looking dominant in the process by striking out 8. Santana's 3 walks came early in the game when he racked up over 50 pitches in the first 2 innings before bouncing back and looking dominant. The only run to cross the plate was due to a wild pitch, which proved to be the only run the Nationals needed.
The Mets pitching staff beyond Santana did little to inspire hope, allowing 3 runs and a staggering 7 walks. Manny Acosta, Ramon Ramirez and Tim Byrdak each allowed runs and Miguel Batista pitched for the 3rd consecutive day, this time proving to be ineffective.
The offense did little against the dominant phenom Strasburg, who pitched 6 innings of 2-hit ball, striking out 9 in the process. Strasburg looked as if he didn't have control of his pitches early on, allowing a leadoff single to Ruben Tejada in the bottom of the 1st before letting Daniel Murphy reach on a walk. The Mets would strand both men on base, collecting a total of 3 hits on the day.
The miserable offensive showing showing today represents the second consecutive poor effort without David Wright in the lineup. If there's one silver lining in the suddenly gloomy skies, it's that Ike Davis was able to record his first hit of the season this afternoon. He's now hitting a Jenny Craig inspired .050.
The New York Mets will have a day off tomorrow before opening a 3-game series in Philadelphia on Friday night at 7:10 PM, with R.A Dickey making his second start of the season.
Boiling Points:
  • The Mets will make a decision about David Wright on Friday prior to the game with Philadelphia. If Wright does indeed hit the DL, his stint will be retroactive to April 9th. Logical candidates to receive the interim call-up are Jordanny Valdespin or Zach Lutz, but Valdespin appears to be the logical candidate, with Murphy slipping over to 3rd for the time being.
  • Although Ike Davis recorded his first hit of the season this afternoon, the middle of the order (Davis, Duda and Bay) are a combined 7-61 to start the season and can be credited with the Mets (lack of) offensive production.
  • The Mets allowed a total of 10 walks today, 7 of which coming from the bullpen
  • Ramon Ramirez threw 38 and will likely be unavailable for Friday's game.
  • The team went 0-6 with RISP and left 8 men on base.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giancarlo Stanton views 61 as the legitimate home run record

Yasiel Puig after walk-off win: ‘I’ll see you in the World Series’

NFL rips NFLPA for ‘shameful’ victim blaming in Elliott case

Report: LeBron, Kyrie were cordial during Miami encounter

Watch Christian McCaffrey juke Luke Kuechly out of his shoes

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

These comments from Tom Brady should scare opponents

Kevin Durant weighs in on LeBron James/Cavs situation

Freeze reportedly made escort-type calls while on recruiting trips

More Jaguars players getting frustrated over Blake Bortles?

Sean Payton explains Saints’ decision to fire orthopedists

Report: Bulls expected to buy out Wade in next few months

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

The top 20 left-handed pitchers of all-time

Box Score 8/16: There is no stopping the Dodgers

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Box Score 8/15: Stanton's power surge has no end in sight

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: The Dallas Stars take a stand

BIG3 Week 8: A complicated playoff picture

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Forget Calvin, bring back Jerry' quiz

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Charles Oakley slams the phone — and his opponents — down

The '27 up, 27 down' quiz

The Cardinals have their season back by the unlikeliest of means

The 'For Sale this fall: All of the awards' quiz

The BIG3 in L.A.: The reverse Danny Almonte comes to Staples Center

Getaway Day: It's an all-inclusive Wild Card party

BIG3 Week 8: A complicated playoff picture

Best of Yardbarker: Jay Cutler is back for more

Sports & Politics Intersect: The Dallas Stars take a stand

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker