The Mets were never under any delusions that their bullpen, which ranked 29th in the Majors last season, would transform overnight into baseball’s best. But they did see real improvement in the group that entered Monday’s play sporting a 1.51 ERA, lowest in the Majors. Even if no bullpen can be that steady over a six-month season, the Mets hardly expected their statistical correction to happen in a single inning.
Yet in scoring six times against five pitchers in the eighth inning Monday, the Nationals offered New York a dose of reality. Mets pitchers walked in two runs, hit a batter and otherwise spoiled Jacob deGrom’s strong start, resulting in a 8-6 loss at Citi Field.
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