- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Mets general manager Sandy Alderson focused on a number before the season began: 90, as in 90 wins.

The opening series against Washington produced other figures, some frightful ones New York fans can fret over.

The Mets are 0-3 for the first time since 2005. They have lost their first three home games for the first time since 1997.

Their bullpen has a 10.61 ERA, allowing 15 hits and seven walks in 9 1-3 innings along with a .366 opponents’ batting average in 41 at-bats.

They outscored the Nationals 6-0 in the first innings over the three games - and then were outscored 22-4.

And with runners in scoring position, they’re 2 for 14.

“I assure you, we’re better than what you’ve seen the last three days,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after Thursday’s 8-2 loss completed a three-game sweep for the Nationals.

Closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list after the opener with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow. He received a platelet rich plasma injection, was told to rest two weeks and then start a throwing program. Only then will a decision be made on whether he needs season-ending surgery.

“I obviously have a couple of weeks to see if this thing works or not,” he said. “But ultimately, I’ve got to make a fairly quick decision on what I want to do.”

PRP is designed to stimulate healing.

“It’s a relatively new treatment. They’re optimistic it could work,” Parnell said. “In that case, I want to make sure I’m 100 percent for next year also and kind of weigh my options. So, we’re going to wait the two weeks and see how I feel and make a conscious and wise decision after that and give me my best chance to come back fully and healthy.”

Parnell was 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 22 saves in 26 chances last year, when he missed the final two months of the season because of a neck injury that required surgery.

“At the end of spring training and a couple of days before the season started, I had what I thought was some muscle soreness,” he said. “As a pitcher, if it’s muscle, you keep going. It wasn’t even my idea to get the MRI. I was going to keep pitching, but the training staff asked me to do it as a precautionary thing, and here we are today.”

Parnell spoke after Mets pitchers labored through 174 of the game’s 313 pitches.

Tanner Roark (1-0), an emergency starter in place of ailing Jordan Zimmermann, got just two swings and misses in the first four innings and fell behind in a 30-pitch first. He wound up allowing just the two runs and six hits in six innings with three walks and five strikeouts - including his final four batters

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