Don’t look now Met Fans, but here come the Nats

Posted: May 18, 2015 in News, Opinion

By Steven Inman

Harper and his Nats beat the Mets 3 out of 4 at Citi Field a few weeks ago

Harper and his Nats beat the Mets 3 out of 4 at Citi Field a few weeks ago

If you thought the Mets could run away and hide in the NL East you would be wrong.

On May 1st everything was looking peachy for Met fans. The team was 16-8 and owned a six game lead over the division favorite Washington Nationals. A rough stretch by the Amazin’s along with Washington getting hot, has cut the Mets lead in the division to a slim half game.
The Mets have struggled in May but it has been the Nationals strong play that has gotten them back near the top of the division so quickly. Washington has won 12 of their last 15 games thanks to their starting pitching and the one man wrecking crew that Bryce Harper has become.
Harper, 22, is leading baseball in RBI with 37, is second in baseball in homers with 14 and is also hitting .338 on the season. Harper hasn’t had much help offensively in his lineup but really hasn’t needed it. Harper now has more homers and RBI’s than he did all of last year in less than half the games. He has been the MVP of the National League up to this point and if Washington can get Anthony Rendon healthy, they may be too much to handle.
The Mets have to start playing well again if they want to keep the Nationals in second place. The pitching has still been good but the Mets just have been unable to score runs until two games ago. The Mets have scored 19 runs in their last two games. Obviously that won’t continue but if they could just score 4 runs on most nights it would be enough to win.
What do the Mets have to do to keep the Nationals out of first place?

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