Game #39 Nats return to CitiField and Scherzer returns to the scene of NH#2

The Nationals meet the Mets for their first head-to-head games of the season, and tonight is a heavyweight bout between Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard. This game will also be a second chance for Dusty Baker to out-manage the person in the opposite dugout as Joe Maddon pulled and pushed all the right buttons in Chicago 2 weekends ago. As we saw last year, Terry Collins played each Nats game like it was a playoff game. The atmosphere will be electric. Here’s hoping Dusty Baker will be victorious!

The last time Max Scherzer pitched in CitiField, he pitched his 2nd career no-hitter:
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The last time, Syndergaard pitched against the Giants, which was 2 weeks ago, he experienced pain in his throwing arm. He had an MRI and it showed no structural damage.

Syndergaard’s velocity has fluctuated, and there is no telling if he is still feeling pain. Syndergaard gave up 2 HRs in his last start versus the Dodgers and 2 earned in the start before that, and 4 earned in 5 2/3rds against the Giants.

Syndergaard will get his strikeouts, but he will also make mistake pitches and if you can barrel them up, he is supplying the power in an E=MC² type of way.

Here are the Nats stats against Syndergaard:

Here are Max Scherzer’s stats against the Mets:

Lineups (subject to change without notice):

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jayson Werth LF
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Daniel Murphy 2B
  5. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  6. Anthony Rendon 3B
  7. Wilson Ramos C
  8. Danny Espinosa SS
  9. Max Scherzer RHP
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