The New York Mets (54-60) knew coming into this series with the Washington Nationals (61-51) that they had to win two out of three at minimum. The Mets got off to a good start as Zack Wheeler beat the Nationals on Tuesday night, but the Nats battered Jonathon Niese last night to even up the series. The two teams will look to win the rubber game this afternoon in a matinee affair. First pitch at Nationals Park is scheduled for 12:35 pm.
The Mets will send their hottest pitcher, rookie right hander Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77 ERA) to the mound. deGrom is looking to win his sixth consecutive start, and flirted with a no hitter in his last outing. deGrom would pick up a win in that game against the San Francisco Giants by yielding only two runs in 7.1 innings pitched. The Nationals will counter with All Star right hander Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00 ERA). Zimmermann earned a win in his last outing, tossing seven shutout innings to beat the Philadelphia Phillies last Saturday.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Wilmer Flores
- C Anthony Recker
- SP Jacob deGrom
- LF Eric Young Jr
- deGrom is trying to become the first Mets' rookie to win six straight starts since Jason Isringhausen back in 1995.
- Zimmermann is looking for his third consecutive victory against the Mets. Zimmermann last faced them on May 18th.
- Eric Young Jr is back in the lineup after a few games off. EY will bat ninth behind deGrom.
- The Mets are looking to win a series against the Nats for the first time in over a year. The Nationals have won the last three series between the teams.
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