Preview Nationals vs NY Mets 22nd September 2017
This National League East match up features the first place Washington Nationals against the fourth place New York Mets.
Clearly the advantage in all phases go the Nationals, although the Mets will be playing for pride over the final couple weeks of the season.
This series kicks off on the 22nd September @ Mets.
- In Friday’s opener, Edwin Jackson is on the mound for the Nationals versus Jacob deGrom for the Mets. This game is the best chance for the Mets, as deGrom is 15-9 with a 3.35 ERA and 228 strikeouts in 195 1/3 innings. Jackson, on the other hand, is a mediocre 5-6 with an ERA of 4.96. He’s also allowed a whopping 18 home runs in only 65 1/3 innings.
- The middle game of the series on Saturday features Stephen Strasburg versus Robert Gsellman. Strasburg has been perhaps the best pitching in the league the last three weeks. He has allowed only one earned run over the last five starts and is 14-4 with a 2.60 ERA for the season. Gsellman has been less than stellar, coming in with a record of 7-7 with a 5.22 ERA.
- In the series finale on Sunday, AJ Cole takes the ball for the Nationals. He will be opposed by Matt Harvey for the Mets. Cole is 2-5 with a 4.43 ERA and has given up 7 home runs in 42 2/3 innings. Harvey has been even worse, allowing a staggering 18 home runs in 84 2/3 innings and an ERA of 6.59.
Offensively, the Nationals have plenty of firepower, led by Ryan Zimmerman. He is batting .304 with 33 home runs and 101 RBI. Daniel Murphy is always one to watch, batting .318 with 22 home runs, while Anthony Rendon has belted 24 home runs and is hitting .305.
The Mets have been lacking offensive punch and it is worse in the absence of Yoenis Cespedes. Michael Conforto supplies the power for the Mets, having hit 24 home runs, while Wilmer Flores has added 18.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
Look for the Mets to take the first game with deGrom on the mound, but the Nationals should overwhelm the Mets in the final two games.
NB that all statistics are for game played through Tuesday, September 19.