By Michael Marzzacco
After a disappointing 3-7 road trip the Nationals return to DC and Nationals Park to take on the defending National League champions: the New York Mets. This is sure to be an entertaining three game series between two rivals gunning for the NL East crown and a return to the playoffs.
These teams last met at Nats Park in late May where Washington dropped two out of three. Earlier that month, these teams met at Citi Field in Queens where the Nats took two of three. That means that both of these teams are evenly matched against each other and that the visitors so far have had the advantage. After winning just four games last year in the second half against New York, Washington looks to change their misfortunes against the Mets. With a 3-3 mark and just a three game lead (that was a six game lead before the road trip), Washington looks to win the series before these teams meet in New York before the All Star break.
The pitching matchups:
Tonight at 7:05: Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (6-4, 3.11 ERA)
Noah Syndergaard has been the Mets ace all season. With a 4-0 mark and a 1.91 ERA in his last seven starts it’s important for the Nats to get to him early and often, taking advantage of base runners which was something they had trouble doing during their seven game slide. Joe Ross is 3-1 in his last seven starts with a 3.56 ERA. He looks to keep the consistency up.
Tuesday at 7:05: Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) vs. TBD
Matt Harvey has struggled this season, including both of his starts against Washington. In his two starts against the Nats in May, he allowed a total of 14 runs. For the Nats to take this game, they need to take advantage of mistake pitches that Harvey throws.
Wednesday at 7:05: Steven Matz (7-3, 3.29 ERA) vs. TBD
Steven Matz has had a solid rookie year with the Mets, however he is just 2-2 in his last seven starts with a 3.64 ERA.
The Nats haven’t announced the rest of their starting rotation due to placing ace Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL. You can catch Monday and Tuesday’s games locally on MASN and on MLB Network if you live outside the DC-market. On Wednesday you can catch that game on MASN 2 and ESPN 2.