The Washington Nationals will host the New York Mets as the NL East rivals conclude a three-game series Thursday afternoon from Nationals Park. The Mets will give the starting call to 28-year old right-hander Zack Wheeler, and the Nationals will have 35-year old right-hander Anibal Sanchez take the mound. The Mets lead the season series 4-3 entering Wednesday’s action.
Wheeler Fans 11 Batters in Second Straight Gem
Zack Wheeler will get the call for the ninth time of the season, seeking his second straight victory. Wheeler has turned it around in his last two starts which included seven innings of two-run ball against the Marlins in his previous start in an 11-2 win. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has only allowed four runs in his last 14 innings pitched, and he enters this one with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP paired with a 3-2 record in 49.2 innings of work. The Nationals have given Wheeler trouble in two meetings this season as he has squandered 11 runs in 9.2 innings. Wheeler now owns a 4-9 record and a poor 5.01 ERA in his 15 career starts against the divisional foes.
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Michael Conforto has snapped out of his funk at the plate, belting two homers along with four RBI’s in his last five games entering Wednesday. The 26-year old right fielder is having a decent season, hitting .275 with eight home runs and 18 RBI’s. Conforto has fared well against the Nationals this season, recording 9 hits in 29 at-bats with two homers and four RBI’s.
The Mets stand 17th in the big leagues with an average of 4.65 runs per game. The New York pitching staff has been sharp as of late, and they are carrying a 4.42 team ERA, pegging them 18th in the Major Leagues. The Mets are competitive on the road where they stand at 11-12 on the season.
Sanchez Charged with Another Loss, Remains Winless
Anibal Sanchez will get the nod for the ninth time of the year, hoping his fortunes finally turn around in this one. Sanchez allowed three runs including two home runs in 4.1 innings against the Dodgers in his previous start, leading to his fifth straight loss, and he now stands at 0-6 on the season. The veteran right-hander has only logged more than five innings once all season, and he enters this one with a 5.27 ERA and a terrible 1.68 WHIP in 41 innings pitched. Sanchez has seen a ton of action against the Mets in his career with mixed results, posting a 5-5 record and a 4.13 ERA in 14 starts. Robinson Cano is 4 for 18 against Sanchez, while Amed Rosario is 1 for 4, and Michael Conforto is 1 for 7.
Victor Robles launches his 7th HR of the season!
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Watch for Adam Eaton in this one as he is a very tough out against Mets’ starter Zack Wheeler, collecting 9 hits in 15 at-bats with two RBI’s. The speedy leadoff hitter is only hitting .224 on the month, and he is carrying a .274 average with three homers and 11 RBI’s on the year. Eaton is 7 for 25 with two RBI’s against the Mets pitching this season.
The Nationals have been inconsistent at the dish recently, and they are averaging 4.34 runs per game, ranking them 21st in the Majors. The Washington pitching staff owns a 4.81 team ERA, placing them 22nd in the big leagues. The Nationals hold a 7-12 home record on the year.
The New York Mets are:
- 11-3 in Wheeler’s last 14 starts following a Quality Start in his latest appearance.
- 4-0 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter.
- 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
The Washington Nationals are:
- 0-5 in Sanchez’ last 5 starts.
- 1-6 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter.
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games against the Mets heading into Wednesday’s action.