Washington Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer had one of the most impressive outings of the year Saturday against the Mets, throwing his second no-hitter of the season while striking out 17. Scherzer stuck out nine straight batters before Curtis Granderson popped out to end the game. Only one Mets’ player reached base on a throwing error by third basemen Yunel Escobar.
Scherzer’s 17 strikeouts tied Nolan Ryan for most strikeouts in a no hitter. Nolan has 17 Ks in his second no hitter in 1973. Harvey had high praise for the pitcher and stated after the game “Seeing how much the ball was moving and how good control he had, it kind of had that feel of a special night. For him to do that twice in one season, for him to be in that company, it’s pretty incredible.”
On top of this brutal double-header loss to the Nationals, the Dodgers beat the Padres 2-1 and they were able to clinch home field advantage for the NLDS against the Mets.
“It’s been a tough little stretch for us,” said catcher Kevin Plawecki, “But no doubt in my mind we’ll come back ready [Sunday] and be ready come playoff time.”
The Mets were able to bounce back Sunday and won their final game of the season with a 1-0 shutout over the second place Nationals. deGrom started the game but was only on the mound for 4 innings. Granderson had the only run of the game off his solo homerun in the eighth.
“I’ve seen this team rise up when they have needed to time and again, and I know we’ll do it again,” Collins said. “We’ve just got to, with all the excitement we had last week. Guys, right now we’re excited about next week.”
The Mets winning their 90th win of the season should suggest the Mets will not be concerned with their poor Saturday performance. The team is excited for the upcoming series against the Dodgers and for the chance to prove they are a title contending team. David Wright addressed the crowd after the team’s final game and announced, “lets go beat L.A”
The Mets winning the division seemed impossible at the start of the season. However after an incredible second half the team will look to carry their energy into the postseason and put this disappointing weekend behind them.