The Nats had leads the last two games with great starting pitching on the hill in them both, with their season on the line, and coughed them up to a tenacious Mets' team. Tonight, after taking a 7-1 lead off the dazed and confused Matt Harvey, the bullpen completely imploded again after Williams misguidedly took Jordan Zimmermann out of the game after just 5 2/3 innings in their biggest game of the season.
The Nats are demoralized. I see little chance of them beating Jacob deGrom tomorrow night, even with the once-great and still good Stephen Strasburg on the mound.
How do you come back from the last two games?
We've seen this before in baseball--the most mental of all sports. We saw it with the Yankees in '04 after taking a 3-0 lead and then losing the next two at Fenway. It seemed like the Red Sox just knew they would take the next two in New York--and went about blowing the Yankees away--particularly in the seventh and deciding game.
The game is all about momentum.
The Mets didn't just win a game tonight. They crushed the spirit of what was left in the Nats' hearts.
Six games up in the standings. It might as well be twenty.