NEW YORK — New York was dropped out of the NL East race even as Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeill opened with three consecutive homers to propel the Mets to an 8-0 victory against their opponents the Washington Nationals and a sweep of the doubleheader on Tuesday night.
The Mets won the opening game 4-2.
The Braves were in the sixth inning with an advantage of 2-1 to Miami at the time that the Mets began their second match with three consecutive bats, for the very first time in the history of the team.
Atlanta completed the fifth consecutive division championship with a 2-1 victory over the Marlins when the Mets batted in the fourth. some grunts could be heard from the crowd who were earlier chanting “Let’s Let’s Marlins.”
The Mets will take on or their Padres as well as the Phillies in a best of three wild-card game that begins on Friday night at home. The winner will take on the league’s top Dodgers during the Division Series starting Tuesday.
Despite the historic start of the game’s final however, the Mets did not win in their NL East race after leading the division for a period of 175 days and having an advantage of 10 1/2 games at the time of June 1. New York also had a seven-game lead in August. 10 – 3 days after they took four of five points from Atlanta on home turf.
Brandon Nimmo homered and drove in three runs for the New York Mets in the first game.
The Atlanta Braves began the day by releasing a magic number one to win the division following a sweep of three games from the Mets on the weekend.
Nimmo hit home on the second pitch of Paolo Espino (0-9), Lindor scored five pitches later, reaching the second deck to the right side as a dog grabbed the ball. McNeil was able to hit the right side three pitches after that.
The feat was first recorded when that the Mets hit three consecutive homes ever since Michael Conforto, James McCann and Jonathan Villar mastered the feat on Aug. 7 2021 at Philadelphia.
Doubleheader played at Citi Field started in sloppy conditions before an enthralled crowd, which included dogs as part of the “Bark at the Park” campaign. The game was soaked with rain for the last three innings.
Taijuan Walker came up two innings short of winning the game by allowing just four hits over 4 1/3 innings of the game’s second. Walker hit 10 batters for his third game in which he had a strikeout count of double-digits this season and the 12th time in his career.
Stephen Nogosek (1-1) got six strikeouts in two 3/3 innings for his first win of his career.
Carlos Carrasco allowed two runs on five hits over four innings in the opening game. Adam Ottavino (6-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings. Edwin Diaz got four outs for his 32nd save.
Riley Adams hit a two-run homer for Washington that took three out of three Mets in October.
The Nationals lost their 105th game and officially claimed the most disappointing records in the NL.
“I consider it as an complete disappointment,” General manager Mike Rizzo said before the game. “I’ve always believed that you’re who your record shows you to be and our record suggests we’re not the best team currently in the league. It’s not hard to agree against this.
STRASBURG’S CLOUDY FORECAST
Rizzo stated that Stephen Strasburg’s future status for 2023 is not known after the right-hander was restricted to one start because of several injuries.
“It’s still a unsettling,” Rizzo said. “I believe he’s doing his best to strengthen his core as well as the other areas in his physique. We’ll need to wait and see.”
The right-handed pitcher, who is 34 years old, has thrown 31 1/3 innings over eight appearances over the last three seasons. The surgery was performed on his carpal tunnel in the year 2020 and then required an operation to treat thoracic outlet syndrome in 2021.
After his single start of 2022 Strasburg was put back on injured reserve after suffering an injury to his ribs.
Mets Infielder Starling Marte hasn’t played since sept. 6 because of an injury to his middle finger he sustained after being struck by a pitch in Pittsburgh and is still suffering discomfort. The manager Buck Showalter said Marte still isn’t able to grip a bat. He was unable to declare out for the opening game of postseason.
RHP Erick Fedde (6-12, 5.27) starts for Washington Wednesday afternoon. The Mets have not announced an official starter.