Reynolds on the anatomy of a comeback

The Mets series was a bit of a homecoming for utility man Matt Reynolds. The 27-year-old third baseman/shortstop combo played a total of 115 games for the Mets from 2016 to 2017. “It was definitely weird walking into the stadium on the visitor’s side, since I’ve been here for parts of three years,” Reynolds said. “It’s nice having (hitting coach) Kevin (Long) here because we ... read more

More on bullpen, Zimmerman’s error and series win

NEW YORK - The Nationals learned one important lesson from their late-inning collapse Wednesday night in an 11-5 loss to the Mets: The bullpen cannot deliver every time, especially when heavy use turns into taxed arms. Ryan Madson was appearing in his third game of the series and admitted that game two took a lot out of him. In game three, he did not have ... read more

Bullpen succumbs to heavy workload, Mets come back to win 11-5

NEW YORK - In the end, a tired Nationals bullpen could not hold up for a third game in a row. Nursing a 4-2 lead, the bullpen imploded for one of the rare times this season, allowing nine runs on six hits in the eighth, and the Mets salvaged the final game of the series, 11-5. Ryan Madson, pitching in his third consecutive game of ... read more

Zimmerman’s bat comes alive (Mets score nine in eighth, win 11-5)

NEW YORK - Manager Davey Martinez started the series here at Citi Field by saying they would not “tinker” with Ryan Zimmerman’s swing, despite a .111 start at the plate to begin the season. Good thing he didn’t. Facing Mets left-hander Steven Matz in the top of the first, Zimmerman got a hold of a 3-2 offering and drilled it over the center field wall ... read more

Martinez updates Murphy, Rendon and Severino

NEW YORK - More positive news as second baseman Daniel Murphy continues his rehab from microfracture surgery in his right knee. Manager Davey Martinez said pregame that Murphy has been very active in baseball related activities in West Palm Beach at the club’s spring training facility. “He got five at-bats yesterday, did well,” Martinez said. “He ran the bases. He took 35 ground balls. He ... read more

Game 19 lineups: Nats at Mets

NEW YORK - The Nationals have taken advantage of their opportunities in the first two games of the series against the Mets, leading to 8-6 and 5-2 wins. With a win tonight, the Nats will have earned their second series sweep of the season (Reds, March 30-April 1) and will go back above the .500 mark for the first time since April 10. More importantly, ... read more

More notes from Doolittle and Turner after 5-2 series winner

NEW YORK - The Nationals bullpen has allowed only two of 19 inherited runners to score, a 10.5 percent clip, which is tops in the National League and third in major league baseball. Left-hander Sammy Solís arrived in the sixth inning and got out of a two-on, one-out jam to preserve the Nationals’ lead in a game they went on to win 5-2. He stuck ... read more

Fundamental baseball, stingy bullpen lead to 5-2 series win over Mets

NEW YORK - The Nationals played solid, fundamental baseball, highlighted by aggressive base running and a shutdown bullpen, to drop the New York Mets 5-2 on a frigid night at Citi Field. Wilmer Difo, Pedro Severino and Ryan Zimmerman contributed key run-scoring singles while Sammy Solís, Ryan Madson, Brandon Kintzler and Sean Doolittle supported Gio Gonzalez to secure the Nats third series win of the ... read more