State of the 2017 New York Mets: Not Good; Not Good at All and Injured 3
Apr 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts after flying out to left field to end the bottom of the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets drop another one, this time to the Washington Nationals after Jeurys Familia walks in the winning run. 

  • New York Mets 3 (8-9)
  • Washington Nationals 4 (11-5)
  • NL, Final, Box Score
  • Citi Field, Queens, New York

If you, one of those tried and tested New York Mets fans thought things couldn’t get worse for your Amazins’, you’ve now been taught a little lesson.

It can always get worse.

Despite Michael Conforto leading off the game with a solo shot, his third of the season and the team threatening in the bottom of the 9th-inning, the Mets fell to the NL East-leading Nats by the final of 4-3 in 11 innings.

The worst part about the night was that final inning that saw closer Jeurys Familia come into the game and walk the winning run (Bryce Harper) home. He relieved Josh Smoker who found himself in a bit of trouble, but walked two straight, one to load the bases and another to put D.C. on top for good. In just his second outing of the season since returning from a 15-game suspension, the Mets closer couldn’t find his location for the better part of the appearance.

Speaking of that Harper guy, he was a stud, once again, against New York. With Matt Harvey on the rubber, he took one for a ride in the first inning that put the Nats up 2-0 right off the bat. Harper finished 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and that two-run shot in the first.

Although Harvey started out rough, seemed to settle down shortly thereafter. His final line consisted of seven innings, four hits, three runs and just two strikeouts. On the other side, Nats starter Tanner Roark also relented just three runs but scattered seven hits in 6.2 innings.

Other than Conforto’s solo shot in the bottom of the first, Curtis Granderson supplied the other two runs, one of which came on a solo shot, his first home run of the season.

Terry Collins would probably take a 3-3 battle into the late innings against the Nationals at any point considering the opponent’s disastrous bullpen, but on this particular night, D.C.’s pen held firm.

Like previously mentioned, New York threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Rene Rivera battled to a leadoff walk and T.J. Rivera sac-bunted pinch-runner Robert Gsellman over to second, but neither Mikey C. nor Juan Lagares could get the job done. Jay Bruce also got a hold of one in the bottom of the 10th-inning, but it fell harmlessly into Harper’s glove near the track in right field after the Citi Field stadium winds killed it.

New York has now lost six of its last seven games while Washington has won five straight.

Next up will be these very same NL East-leading Nats at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday at Citi Field.

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