Series Preview: Mets at Nationals

The New York Mets take on the Nationals in D.C. in a battle for first place in the division.

After splitting a four-game set to the Atlanta Braves, the Mets (40-34) will travel to our nation’s capital to face off against the NL East leading Washington Nationals (44-32). The Amazin’s are in a great position to take the top spot with the Nats losing seven of their last ten games. It will be a divisional brawl at Nationals Park as the Mets will look to ramp up their offense to hopefully come away with a series sweep.

Monday 7:05 PM: Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (6-4, 3.11 ERA)

            Apparent injuries have startled the Mets this past week including a scare with Syndergaard who experienced some right elbow discomfort against the Royals. He was pulled from this start after six innings. Good news was found in this case, though, as he was cleared to make his scheduled start for tonight. Syndergaard has won six of his last eight starts, and he will look to keep that streak going against a tough opponent.

            Ross has a little streak of his own not earning a loss since May 21. His offense has been helping him, though, making up for his runs allowed. His last outing ended in a no-decision to the Dodgers allowing two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Pitching Edge: With no discomfort, Syndergaard gets the edge as he has been the rock of this Mets rotation all season.

Tuesday 7:05 PM: Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) v TBD

            In his last start, Harvey could not get passed the Braves yet again. This time earning a no-decision, he allowed two earned on eight hits while also striking out three. Though the wins have not showed up on his stat sheet, Harvey has been reaching at least the sixth inning in his last five starts.

Pitching Edge: Harvey does have two straight losses to the Nats, so he wouldn’t get the edge especially in an away situation.

Wednesday 7:05 PM: Steven Matz (7-3, 3.29 ERA) V TBD

            Still looking for his first win since May 25, Matz has been struggling with keeping runners off the base paths. His last start against the Braves was a no-decision, but he was hit hard for six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. It seems, like Harvey, Matz is trying to find his mojo on the bump as well.

Pitching Edge: That last win for Matz was an eight-inning shutout against the Nats, so give him the edge.

More About This Series

And it is official: Jose Reyes has found his way back into the Mets organization as of this past Saturday. The 33-year-old infielder has made it known that he wanted to be back playing for the ball club that he made himself a star on. However, when he will make it up the bigs is the big question. He reported to Class-A Brooklyn yesterday as Reyes must prove himself before returning to his beloved team. GM Sandy Alderson stated it will most likely be 7-10 days before they make the call. Manager Terry Collins will then have to decide where to put the All-Star whether it be at second, third, or even the outfield for the first time in his career. Either way, Mets fans are ecstatic for the return of Reyes who will hopefully boost the team heading into the All-Star break. 

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