The Nationals are in Queens, New York for a 4-game series with the New York Mets. Normally a Mets and Nationals series has some great pitching matchups, but with both teams struggling, these matchups aren’t going to to get marquees lit up. Tonight is Max Scherzer and lefty Steven Matz, Friday is Tanner Roark and Noah Syndergaard, Saturday is TBD (Voth) and Zack Wheeler, and the final game before the All-Star break is Jeremy Hellickson and Corey Oswalt.
The Nationals won’t face All-Star Jacob deGrom in the series because he pitched yesterday and spun another shutout and once again managed not to get a win. The Mets were shutout for 9 innings like the Nationals, but the Mets took a 0-0 game into extra innings and won on a Nimmo home run. He has become the Mets best offensive player and Brandon Nimmo like Trea Turner appear to be All-Star snubs unless they get added to the roster over the weekend.
Most would agree, the Mets and Nationals to this point in the season have had disappointing seasons. The Mets began the season with the best record in baseball at 11-1 and since have gone 26-52. The Nationals are 9-20 in the last month, and the only team worse in the N.L. since June 1st happens to be the Mets.
In other news, the Home Run Derby participants were named and you will notice 3-of-the-8 are from the NL East (Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman and Rhys Hoskins) and only 1 participant from the American League which is Alex Bregman. This is special for Bregman who has ties to the Washington, DC as his grandfather worked for the Washington Senators and was at the last DC All-Star game and Bregman’s dad grew up in the DC area.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Stadium: CitiField, Queens, NY
1st Pitch: 7:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN; MLB.TV app out-of-network
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice: