Game #45 Nats and Mets in DC for 3 game: Game Thread

The Nats and Mets square off for a 3 game series in Nationals Park tonight with Gio Gonzalez and Bartolo Colon as their teams’ respective pitchers.

What a difference a few days have made for Ben Revere and Anthony Rendon. Both players were getting the grumbles from fans who were concerned about their production. Ben Revere needs a few more 2 hit and 3 hit games to get his stats to a level of respectability, but how great is it to see him raise his batting average nearly 100 points in a few games. Equally as wonderful is watching Anthony Rendon who was slashing .120/.241/.120/.361 on May 7th in RISP situations, and 2 weeks later is now slashing .256/.370/.359/.729 in RISP spots. How quick things change as Rendon has more than doubled his OPS.

Small sample sizes can change dramatically which is why it is better to know your players’ abilities and not let panic take over. The same can be said for Bryce Harper who is getting pitched around often these days which has him struggling when the pitchers decide to pitch to him.

Here is your Bryce Harper monthly view:

bryce harper splits 5 23 16

The great news for anyone hitting behind Bryce is that he is on-base at a .500 clip in the month of May which leads to multiple RBI opportunities for those batting behind him.

When Bryce Harper gets the extra base hits going again, look out Mr. Rawlings!

Here are your Nats stats against Bartolo Colon:

Here is Gio Gonzalez’s stats against the Mets:

Line-ups (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. Gio Gonzalez LHP

Yes, Wilson Ramos is scheduled to catch for Gio Gonzalez tonight. This is the first time Ramos and Gio have been battery mates since September 11, 2015. Dusty Baker said the move was to generate more offense.

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