The Mets and Nationals started another big head to head series on Monday in Washington. Entering the series, the Nationals had a three-game lead in the NL East. The game one starters were Noah Syndergaard for the Mets and Joe Ross for the Nationals. And early on, Ross was struggling for the Nationals. Didn’t seem to have anything and gave up four runs in the first three innings. And it probably should have been more. In the first three innings, the Mets left six men on base, including the bases loaded in the second inning.

Syndergaard struggled in the first, but he got out of a bases loaded nobody out jam. Then the Mets had a 4-0 lead with their ace Noah Syndergaard on the mound, all seemed good. But then it all fell apart. Syndergaard gave up five runs in the bottom of the third inning and came out of the game after just three innings. The Mets went on to lose the game 11-4. After it looked all good for the Mets early on, they feel apart and the Nationals got the win in the series opener. And credit to Joe Ross who struggled early on but settled down and was able to pitch six innings.

But the loss might not have been the worst of it for the Mets. Earlier in the day, it was reported that Steven Matz was pitching with a bone spur in his elbow. And after the game, it got reported that Noah Syndergaard was also pitching with one. “There’s nothing structurally wrong with my elbow at all,” Syndergaard said after the game. So Syndergaard is denying the reports that he has a bone spur. “Was told it’s at Syndergaard’s insistence the club isn’t publicly acknowledging the bone spur,” Mike Puma of the New York Post reporter. Now with trouble coming to the Mets, it turns to Matt Harvey on Tuesday night to try and make things right again. Harvey has struggled for the most part this year, but the Mets need him big time to turn back to his former self.

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