WASHINGTON, DC – If this was Juan Soto’s last game as the Washington Nationals, it ended like most of his 2022 games: with a loss.
The Mets beat Soto and the Nets 7-3 on Monday night, giving the Mets seven straight wins and the Nationals with nothing but an uncertain future. Turning the knife even more, it was ex-National Max Scherzer up the hill for the Mets, slicing his way through most of the non-Soto hitters in Washington’s lineup like a pair of scissors through wrapping paper .
And, as a reminder, Jacob deGrom is scheduled to follow Scherzer on Tuesday.
Scherzer played 6.2 innings against his old squad, scoring five runs and conceding three, two of which were scored by Soto. For the second day in a row, the Mets won a game in which their starting pitcher didn’t quite look like himself, but used a cocktail of Moxie and Gill to secure the win.
On Sunday, Taijuan Walker frankly said he “didn’t like” his outings in Miami. His team still won 9-3. On Monday, the Nationals went above one run in the first innings, hitting four hits against Scherzer in the fourth, and the Mets won by four.
This helps it to have one of the deepest lineups in all of Major League Baseball.
The Mets scored at least six runs for the fifth time in their last seven matches. If there is any consistency in today’s changing world, it is the Mets at the top of the order. Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso have held the top four spots in the team’s lineup throughout the season. Nimmo and Marte’s on-base skills have allowed Lindor and Alonso to feast on RBI, and that’s exactly what was on the menu on Monday.
Eight knocks came from that quartet, including five runs and four extra base hits. Lindor and Alonso each sent a ball into the bullpen of the Mets, giving Lindor 18 homers and the Polar Bears 27 in the season. When it looked like a brief glitch would interrupt him – a Steve Sischek pitch in the sixth inning hit Marte on the arm, forcing the trainer to come out – he simply shrugged it off and went to first base.
In looking at the nations, it’s plainly clear both why they’ve struggled so much this year, but it’s also immediately noticeable how much Soto means to them. Realizing that this could be Soto’s last time with his favorite team, National Park fans cheered as he came out for batting practice. They applauded as he pulled into the outfield before the game, and the volume seemed to increase as he walked to the plate for each bat. With the nets down to four in the bottom of the eighth, all hope seemed lost, an organic “We Want Soto” chant seeping through the stadium’s bottom bowl.
In none of them there is a mention of the day he was on the plate.
Soto was 1-for-1 with a single homer and three walks, a Soto line as classic as you’ll ever see. On the third and final walk, the 23-year-old received a standing ovation, which increased with each of his slow movements. Should he trade, let it be known that it was the upper management of the team that didn’t want him, not the people of Washington DC
In less than three years, Scherzer, Soto and a bunch of other very talented players who are now on other teams helped Washington win an impossible World Series title. That Game 7 celebration now seems farther than that, and if their hero ends up somewhere after the business deadline, those who really care about the Washington citizens will have a smidge of anger from the team’s front office. has every reason.
Despite those days of vitriol and front offices that have been in the Mets’ rearview mirror all season, the Big Apple is a welcome change of pace for baseball’s little brother. A 65–37 record, seven consecutive wins, and one of the best rosters in the league would do so.
Also, just to mention one more time, Jacob deGrom returns on Tuesday.