For the second time this year, Max Scherzer threw a no-hitter. And for the second time this year, the Mets were no-hit at Citi Field.
The Nationals’ ace ended his first season with the team on a high note, to say the least. He retired 27 of the 28 batters he faced, and the only batter to reach base for the Mets—Kevin Plawecki—did so as the result of a throwing error by third baseman Yunel Escobar.
There really wasn’t much else to say about the Mets’ lineup, which did not feature many of the team’s starters until Yoenis Cesepdes and Lucas Duda got in the game to pinch hit in the ninth inning. It’s also a lot easier to handle a no-hitter against the Mets when it’s thrown by Max Scherzer after the Mets have clinched the division than it was to handle a no-hitter against the Mets thrown by Chris Heston long before the division was wrapped up.
Combined with a Dodgers win over the Padres last night, the Mets officially will not have home field advantage in the National League Division Series, with Games 1, 2, and, if necessary, 5 taking place in Los Angeles.
The Mets wrap up the regular season against the Nationals at 3:10 this afternoon, and Jacob deGrom, their Game 1 starter, will start.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: Matt Harvey, +10.7% WPA
Big losers: Hansel Robles, -10.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Matt Harvey strikes out Trea Turner with runners on the corners to end the fifth, +6.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Dan Uggla hits a solo home run in the seventh, -13.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +3.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: -53.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Wilson Ramos