A friend turned foe dealt the New York Mets two devastating blows last night as Daniel Murphy launched two home runs en route to a 4-2 Washington Nationals victory. The Amazin's were swept in D.C. as Max Scherzer pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings surrendering just two hits and striking out ten batters.
At one point, New York suffered through 23 scoreless innings before Loney's bomb ended the drought. The Mets will open a four-game set with the red-hot 51-26 Chicago Cubs on Thursday at Citi Field followed by a four-game series with the Nationals in Queens starting next Monday.
The next eight games will prove to be a critical stretch for the Amazin's as they now find themselves six games back in the NL East. Jose Reyes is still making his rounds in the minor leagues and went 1-4 with 2 RBI for the Binghamton Mets on Wednesday night.
The Mets offensive malaise is eerily similar to the one they endured in the first half of last season before they acquired Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes prior to the MLB Trade Deadline. The Reyes signing is the first major move the Mets front office made to give the lineup a facelift and there could be plenty of more shakeups in the offing as they try to awaken a slumbering offense.