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Mets vs. Nationals Recap: The lowercase “d” show

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deGrom, d’Arnaud, and E(d)gin helped stop the skid.

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The Mets stopped their losing streak at six games, just hanging on to a victory in Washington, beating the Nationals 7-5 in a nail biter that was stressful right until the last batter.

Win, 7-5

The Mets got to Max Scherzer early, going up 2-0 in the top of the second inning on a Travis d’Arnaud home run. Scherzer wasn’t his usual sharp self, giving up nine hits over six innings, including a second home run to d’Arnaud in the fourth inning. Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, and Asdrubal Cabrera joined d’Arnaud with multiple hits on the night. This was d’Arnaud’s first career multi-home run game.

Jacob deGrom was magnificent, striking out 12 and walking only one in seven innings of work. Aside from home runs to Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters in the second inning, deGrom was sharp throughout the game, and notched his third consecutive double digit strikeout game.

When deGrom left the game, the managerial choices made by Terry Collins nearly cost the Mets the game. After Jerry Blevins got the first two outs of the eighth inning (along with giving up a single), Collins brought Addison Reed into the game, who promptly gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman. Reed struggled, but escaped the inning with no further damage.

In the ninth, Jeurys Familia continued his rough April and, aided by some shotty defense, loaded the bases, while recording only one out. Collins then pulled Familia for Josh Edgin, who induced a Bryce Harper ground ball, for a 1-2-3 double play to end the game.

During the bottom of the ninth, Adam Eaton injured his leg running to first base. After stepping on first, Eaton’s foot slipped off the base, and he crumbled to the ground in serious pain. While the extent of the injury is not yet known, Eaton couldn’t put any weight on his leg at all, an d had to be carried off the field. It was a somber moment in what was an otherwise exciting game.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Travis d’Arnaud, +46.5% WPA, Josh Edgin, +33.1% WPA, TJ Rivera +11.3% WPA, Jacob deGrom +10.5% WPA
Big losers: Jeurys Familia, -23.9% WPA,
Teh aw3s0mest play: Travis’ d’Arnaud’s second home run, +28.8% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Asdrubal Cabrera grounds into a double play in the third, -8.8% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: 16.6% WPA+
Total batter WPA: 33.4% WPA+
GWRBI!: Kevin Plawecki