Washington Nationals (23-16):
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. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
8. Jose Lobaton (S) C
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P
SP: Gio Gonzalez LHP (2-1, 1.93 ERA)
New York Mets (22-16):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
Bartolo Colon RHP (3-2, 3.53 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY & ESPN.
NATIONALS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 7-14 vs. Washington at Citi Field since 2014… The Mets are 9-3 vs. the Nationals in their last 12 match-ups.
FIRST INNING FUN: New York has hit 11 first inning home runs this year, the second-most in the majors, behind Houston (12)….New York has outscored its opponents 25-12 in the first inning this season.
SCORING LEADS TO SUCCESS: The Mets 20-5 when scoring first this year…New York is 18-3 when scoring four or more runs and 4-13 when scoring three runs or less.
PITCHERS LEADING THE WAY: The Mets rank third in the majors with a 3.01 team ERA…New York has allowed 24 homers, the fewest in the majors…The Mets have issued the fewest walks (80) in the majors and ranks eighth in strikeouts (332)…Mets starters lead the majors with a 4.35 strikeout-to-walk rate.
PEN-TASTIC: The Mets pen leads the majors with a 2.39 ERA (29 earned runs/109.0 innings)…The pen ranks second in the majors with 10.16 strikeouts per nine innings.
FAMILIA RESULTS: Jeurys Famiia is 13-for-13 in save opportuni- ties and is tied for second in the majors in saves…Seven of his last 10 outings, he’s retired every batter he’s faced.
BART BEING BART: Bartolo Colon is sixth in the NL with a 1.89 ERA at home…He went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one start, two games vs. Washington last year…Colon ranks second in the majors with a 0.8 walk per nine innings rate…Colon is the active leader among all major league pitchers in wins (221).
FRENEMY: The Mets 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. GONZALEZ: The 30-year old left-hander has started 17 games in his career against the Mets posting a 9-4 record with a 2.66 ERA in 101.1 innings pitched…Gonzalez has struck out 104 batters and walked 41…Mets career numbers against Gonzalez are posted below…
- Juan Lagares: .385 (10-26), 3 2B, 1 HR.
- Yoenis Cespedes: .500 (2-4), 2 BB, 1 K
- David Wright: .286 (6-21), 1 HR, 4 RBI
- Neil Walker: .167 (1-6), 1 K
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .118 (2-17), 1 BB, 1 K
- Curtis Granderson: .133 (4-30), 1 HR, 2 RBI