Washington Nationals (23-15):
1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
6. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. Max Scherzer (R) P
SP: Max Scherzer RHP (4-2, 4.15 ERA)
New York Mets (21-16):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
8. Noah Syndergaard (L) P
9. Matt Reynolds (R) 3B
SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (3-2, 2.53 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY & MLB Network.
NATIONALS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 6-14 vs. Washington at Citi Field since 2014… Tonight is the first of 19 match-ups between the Nationals and Mets (10 at Citi Field, nine at Nationals Park)… New York went 11-8 vs. Washington last year, including going 8-3 over the final 11 games between the two clubs…The Mets went 5-5 vs. the Nats at Citi Field in 2015.
BACK IN THE BIG APPLE: The Mets begin a six-game homestand tonight… New York will play 12 of its next 15 games at home…The Mets are 9-6 at home this year…New York was 49-32 at home in 2015.
HOMER HAPPY: The Mets have 53 home runs through their first 37 games, which is the most in team history after 37 games…New York did not reach 53 home runs until its 62nd game last year (June 12)…Overall, the Mets are fourth in the major leagues in home runs….The Mets are 17-6 when they hit a homer.
ONE YEAR AGO: Syndergaard made his Citi Field debut one year ago today (May 17, 2015 vs. Milwaukee)…He earned his first major league win, allowing one run over 6.0 innings… Syndergaard is 7-3 with a 2.70 ERA (31 earned runs/103.1 innings) with 113 strikeouts in 15 career starts at Citi Field.
SCORE MORE WIN MORE: The Mets are 18-3 when scoring four or more runs and 3-13 when scoring three runs or less.
FLAMETHROWER: According to FanGraphs, Syndergaard averages the fastest fastball (97.9), slider (91.6) and change-up (89.9) this year.
THOR VS. WASHINGTON: Has made three starts against the Nationals…Is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA (four earned runs/20.0 innings pitched) against Washington…Struck out 23 and walked six…His 1.80 ERA versus the Nationals is his second best versus any opponent in which he has faced more than once, trailing the Phillies (1.40 ERA)…Has two career starts at home versus the Nationals in which he is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA (three earned runs/15.0 innings pitched) he struck out 19 and walked one.
BE THE MENACE TO MR. WILSON: Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos has a .308/.325/.544 line with 10 HR’S and 42 RBI’s in 51 games played against the Mets..Ramos has more HR’s and RBI’s against the Mets which is his most against any opponent in baseball…Has 13 doubles against Mets, his most against any other club in baseball…Ramos has scored more runs against the Mets with 22, than against any other MLB team…99 total bases against Mets, his most against any opponent.
FRENEMY: The Mets will welcome Daniel Murphy back to Citi Field for the first time since signing a 3-year $37.5 million contract with the Washington Nationals in the offseason…The Mets selected Murphy out of Jacksonville in the 13th round (394th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft…Made his Major League debut with the Mets back on August 1, 2008…Murphy holds a career .288/.331/.424 line in seven seasons as a member of the New York Mets…The 31-year old second baseman collected his 1,000th career hit on May 2nd 2016 against the Kansas City Royals.
METS VS. SCHERZER: Max Scherzer went 1-2 with a 1.82 ERA (six earned runs/29.2 innings) in four starts vs. New York last year… The former Cy Young Award winner is 3-2 with a 2.23 ERA (12 earned runs/48.1 innings) in eight games, seven starts during his career vs. the Mets…Notable Mets numbers against Scherzer are provided below…
- Neil Walker: .333 (3-9, 2 HR, 3 RBI)
- Curtis Granderson: .304 (7-23, 3 2B, 1 HR)
- Yoenis Cespedes: .333 (3-9, 1 2B, 1 HR)
- Michael Conforto: .167 (1-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .223 (12-45, 4 2B, 1 HR)