I caught a lot of the last two Nationals/Mets tilts in Queens the past two days, a pair of 1-0 wins by the Nationals where their four and five starters showed phenomenal stuff, enough stuff to shut out the team with the best record in the division.
To me, that is very telling. Gio Gonzalez was phenomenal last night (made papa some money) and Doug Fister threw 6 and 1/3 scoreless without walking anyone to get the win today.
The Nationals won these two games on an infield RBI single by Michael Taylor and a bloop single today by Ryan Zimmerman.
It was the type of series that reminds you of the way things are really going to be by season’s end, that the Mets are a simple small sample size anomaly that worked without completely breaking down for 25 or so games.
No matter how many times Terry Collins came out of the dugout to get in the umpire’s ass this weekend, it just didn’t matter. The Nationals were the better team with the worse record and took three of four at Citi Field.
When (and if) the Nationals ever get the health of their full roster restored, they’ll probably go on some type of run that turns everyone’s heads. They really aren’t even playing that well right now, just grinding.