After losing three out of four to the San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets (53-59) blew a golden opportunity to gain ground in the wild card standings. The Mets now begin a critical seven game road trip against divisional foes that could determine the meaning of the rest of the regular season. That trip kicks off tonight in our nation's capital as the Mets kick off a three game set with the National League East leaders, the Washington Nationals (60-50). First pitch at Nationals Park is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The Mets haven't seen the Nationals since May, having played only six games against their divisional foes so far. The previous meetings have not gone well for the Mets, who have won only once against Washington so far this season. The Mets had their hands full against the Giants' pitching staff this weekend, and the task won't get any easier in this series. Washington's staff has an ERA of 3.14, which is the second best mark in the National League and third best in all of baseball.
The Mets will send righty Zack Wheeler (6-8, 3.60 ERA) to the mound. Wheeler has been on fire of late and picked up a win against the Phillies in his last outing, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings of work. The Nationals will counter with lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.88 ERA). Gonzalez got beat up in his last outing, allowing five runs in 3.2 innings against the Phillies on Thursday.
New York Mets Lineup:
- CF Juan Lagares
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- LF Eric Campbell
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- RF Chris Young
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Zack Wheeler
- Wheeler is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last six starts.
- The Nationals have won 10 of 11 against the Mets dating back to last season.
- Gonzalez has been struggling of late, going 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in his last four starts.
- Wheeler has struggled against the Nationals, going 1-4 with a 4.75 ERA in his career against them.
- The Mets will give Curtis Granderson a day off against the lefty Gonzalez. Juan Lagares will lead off while Chris Young plays right field.
- Lucas Duda gets a rare start against a lefty, and will hit in his usual cleanup spot. His platoon partner, Eric Campbell, will also be in the lineup in left field.
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