It’s the final countdown to 2015 for the Nats with the 1st of 3 in Flushing Queens for the Nats hope to get above the .500 mark for good while the Mets play for homefield advantage in the NLDS round vs. the Dodgers.
Game 1 is Gio Gonzalez vs. Noah Syndergaard.
The Nats have done well against the hard throwing Syndergaard in previous games the 2nd time through the order. The question for Terry Collins is when he pulls Syndergaard who is projected in the Mets playoff rotation.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 3, 2015
Besides the obvious team goals to finish with 84 wins, and the Nats would like to sweep this series, there are players on the Nats roster who want to meet personal goals. Bryce Harper holds a slight margin the Batting crown but now is 1 HR behind Arenado for the NL HR crown and percentage points behind Votto for the OBP lead.
Desmond wants that 20th HR and players like MdD want to show that he belongs on the 2016 Opening Day roster. Gio wants to better his ERA and that is part of what you hope adds to an inspired Nats win today.
Game 2 thread will follow after the Game.