Not even the most pessimistic Mets fan could have predicted how nightmarish the first 24 hours of the 2014 season would shake out.
It began yesterday when everything seemed to be falling into place. Andrew Brown filled in for Chris Young and in his first at-bat, hit a 3-run-home-run off Stephen Strasburg to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Washington would come back to tie the game at 4. In the bottom of the 8th, Juan Lagares appeared to put the Mets in front for good when he homered off Tyler Clippard.
For the 9th inning, the Mets called upon Bobby Parnell to close it down. Parnell gave up a lead off single to Ian Desmond, but proceeded to get Adam LaRoche to pop out to third, and Anthony Rendon to strike out.
One out was all he needed to get the Mets season off on the right foot. It just wasn’t meant to be. Denard Span ended up hitting a game-tying double and Parnell blew the save.
In the top of the 10th, the combination of Jeurys Familia and John Lannan gave up 4-runs on 3 hits including a dagger 3-run home-run by Anthony Rendon that gave the Nationals a 9-5 lead.
David Wright tried to spark a brief comeback with a 2-run home-run in the bottom of the frame, but it was too little to late and the Mets suffered a devastating opening day loss 9-7.
Fast forward to this afternoon, and it was announced that team closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn MCL in his pitching elbow and likely needs surgery, according to sources. Parnell will rest for 2 weeks and be re-evaluated at that time. Jose Valverde will likely assume the closer role while Parnell is out.
The Mets were counting on Parnell to have a big-time year, and in one game, those hopes quickly fade away.
This “Family Guy” clip is supposed to be a sarcastic joke, but with how this Mets season has started, is looking more and more true.
You really cannot make this stuff up.