The New York Mets will host the Washington Nationals as the NL East foes conclude a four-game series Thursday afternoon from Citi Field. The Nationals will give the starting nod to 30-year old right-hander Stephen Strasburg, and the Mets will hand the ball to 27-year old left-hander Steven Matz. The Mets own a 6-5 lead in the season series.
Strasburg Spins 8 Inning Gem Against Cubs
The Nationals will have Stephen Strasburg on the hill for the 11th time of the year in this matchup. Strasburg was in a groove in his previous start, holding the Cubs to only two runs (one earned) in eight innings in a 5-2 Nationals victory. The hard-throwing right-hander features a stifling 2.63 ERA in his four starts this month, and he features a 3.32 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP accompanied with a 4-3 record in 65 innings logged on the year. Strasburg fired six shutout innings against the Mets in his latest meeting, and he gave up four runs in the first matchup of the season. He stands at 9-5 with a stellar 2.83 ERA in 19 career starts against the division rivals.
Juan Soto is 20 years old.
Juan Soto has played 154 @MLB games.
Here's the Mets broadcast saying Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter.
Here's Juan Soto immediately hitting his 29th career HR ONTO THE CONCOURSE OF THE UPPER DECK. pic.twitter.com/BCL37k4X4A
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 22, 2019
Watch for Anthony Rendon in this one as he features a stellar .320 average with three homers and six RBI’s in 25 career at-bats against Mets’ starter Steven Matz. The 28-year old third baseman continues to thrive, accumulating eight RBI’s in his last seven games, and he is hitting .333 with nine home runs and 27 RBI’s on the season. Rendon is hitting a sizzling .410 with nine RBI’s against the Mets this season.
The Nationals are scoring an average of 4.46 runs on the season, placing them 18th in the Major Leagues. The Washington pitching staff owns a 4.90 team ERA, positioning them 24th in the Majors. The Nationals stand at 9-15 on the road this season heading into Wednesday.
Matz Charged with Loss in Return from Injured List
Steven Matz will attempt to get back in the win column in his ninth start of the year after losing two straight starts. Matz made his return from the 10-day IL in his previous start and he didn’t last long, exiting after allowing two runs in 3.2 innings in Miami, leading to the loss to even his record at 3-3. The fifth-year left-hander is having a decent season, posting a 3.96 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 38.2 innings of work. He battled the Nationals early in the season and tossed five shutout innings, and he stands at 1-5 with a 3.60 ERA in 11 career meetings against the NL East foes. Adam Eaton is 2 for 8 against Matz, while Juan Soto is 3 for 10, and Trea Turner is 7 for 22.
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 22, 2019
Pete Alonso is starting to heat up again after a scorching April. He has crushed four homers with four RBI’s in his last five games. The 24-year old first baseman has been a tough out against the Nationals this season, sporting a .333 average with nine RBI’s in 39 at-bats. Alonso is carrying a .260 average with 16 home runs and 36 RBI’s on the season.
The Mets are averaging 4.47 runs per game, ranking them at 17th in the big leagues. The New York pitching staff has fared well recently, and they possess a 4.49 team ERA, placing them 21st in the Majors. The Mets feature an 11-8 record at Citi Field entering Wednesday.
The Washington Nationals are:
- 10-1 in Strasburg’s last 11 road starts against the Mets.
- 21-5 in Strasburg’s last 26 road starts against a team with a losing record.
- 16-2 in Strasburg’s last 18 starts in the fourth game of a series.
The New York Mets are:
- 1-6 in Matz’ last 7 starts in the fourth game of a series.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against a right-handed starter.
- 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.