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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 23 - Mets at Nationals - Wheeler vs Strasburg - 1:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 23 - Mets at Nationals - Wheeler vs Strasburg - 1:10 PM

Game 23 - New York Mets (9-13, 5-3 Road) at Washington Nationals (16-7, 6-4 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Zack Wheeler (1-2, 5.40 ERA) vs WAS - Stephen Strasburg  (2-0, 2.89 ERA)

TV/ Radio: WPIX/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 1:10 PM

Batters vs Pitchers Stats at bottom of page

The Washington Nationals are in the position to put some distance between themselves and the New York Mets, who some experts picked to win the National League East Division this season.

But Nationals manager Dusty Baker doesn't expect the Mets, who have been banged up by injuries, to concede so quickly this weekend. New York slugger Yoenis
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Cespedes went on the 10-day disabled list Friday with a hamstring injury after he was hurt on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves.

"It is going to be a good series and a good fight," Baker said Friday. "They are not going to give up. These guys can definitely pitch."

That was certainly the case as Jacob deGrom fanned 12 batters and catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit two homers and had a career-high five RBIs to help the Mets snap a six-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory on Friday..

The series continues as Washington right-hander Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 2.89 ERA), who came off the paternity list Thursday, will pitch against New York on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. He will be opposed by right-hander Zack Wheeler (1-2, 5.40).

Strasburg and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their second daughter earlier this week. The former No. 1 overall draft pick will make his first start since April 20. He is unbeaten in four starts and has gone at least seven innings in each game.

In his career against the Mets, Strasburg is 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 starts.

Asdrubal Cabrera is 3-for-9 against Strasburg with two homers while Jay Bruce is hitting .385 in 13 at-bats against Strasburg. Jose Reyes has 22 at-bats against Strasburg and is hitting .227. Current members of the Mets are hitting .241 in 187 at-bats against Strasburg.

But now Strasburg won't have to face Cespedes, who brings life to New York's lineup.

"We're going to see what we're made of," infielder Reyes told MLB.com.

"Anytime your best hitter is not in your lineup, it changes the dynamic of it," Mets first baseman Bruce told MLB.com. "I think the most important thing is to have him healthy. We need him, and we don't need him before he's ready."

The Nationals may also have to see what they are made of as center fielder Adam Eaton was helped off the field Friday in the last of the ninth after he beat out an infield single. He hurt his left leg beating out an infield single.

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/28: Rosario continues to hit for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/28: Rosario continues to hit for Vegas

Mets AAA - Albuquerque 8, Las Vegas 4: Jeff Hoffman pitched seven scoreless innings, leading the Albuquerque Isotopes over the Las Vegas 51s in an 8-4 win on Friday. Hoffman (1-2) picked up the win after he struck out eight and walked three while allowing one hit. Albuquerque took the lead in the first when it scored four runs, including a single by Rafael Ynoa that scored Stephen Cardullo. After Albuquerque added three runs, the 51s cut into the deficit with four runs in the eighth inning, including a two-run double by Amed Rosario. The Isotopes tacked on another run in the ninth when Anthony Bemboom hit an RBI single, bringing home Domonic Brown. Ricky Knapp (1-2) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits in the Pacific Coast League game. He also struck out two and walked two. BOX

Mets AA - New Hampshire 7, Binghamton 5: Ryan McBroom hit a two-run double in the first inning, leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 7-5 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday. The double by McBroom, part of a four-run inning, gave the Fisher Cats a 2-0 lead before Emilio Guerrero hit a two-run home run later in the inning. Following the big inning, the Rumble Ponies cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Tomas Nido hit a two-run double. The Fisher Cats later added single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings to secure the victory. New Hampshire southpaw Shane Dawson (1-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. Opposing starter Casey Delgado (0-4) took the loss in the Eastern League game after giving up six runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings. For the Rumble Ponies, Champ Stuart homered, doubled and singled, driving home two runs. BOX

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 22 - Mets (7) at Nationals (5) - deGrom, d'Arnaud lead Mets to victory

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  W: J. deGrom (1-1)   L: M. Scherzer (3-2)   S: J. Edgin (1)

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 22 - Mets (7) at Nationals (5) - deGrom, d'Arnaud lead Mets to victory

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With Bryce Harper coming to the plate with the bases loaded and the Mets clinging to a two-run, ninth-inning lead, New York manager Terry Collins went to the mound and replaced closer Jeurys Familia with left-hander Josh Edgin.

"If we'd have won seven in a row, I probably would have left Jeurys out there, because that's what he's here to do," Collins said.

But the Mets had lost six in a row and 10 of 11, falling 7 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington.

Edgin got Harper to hit a comebacker the reliever turned in a game-ending double play as the Mets held on for a 7-5 victory Friday night.

"That's what you want," Edgin said. "A ground ball somewhere in the infield to get that double play."

Travis d'Arnaud homered twice and had five RBIs for the Mets.

Matt Wieters singled leading off the ninth against Familia, and Adam Lind's single sent pinch runner Joe Ross to third. Adam Eaton followed with an infield single to shortstop and injured his left ankle as he stepped on first base. Eaton needed to be helped off the field and was replaced by pinch runner Chris Heisey.

Familia struck out Trea Turner, and Collins brought in Edgin to face the left-handed-hitting Harper.

Harper hit a one-hopper to Edgin, who threw home for a forceout, and d'Arnaud threw to first for the double play, giving Edgin his second big league save and first since 2013.

"Threw me a back-up slider the second pitch. I hit that over the dugout, then he threw me a regular slider and he got me," Harper said after dropping to 2 for 12 against Edgin.

Collins said he continues to have confidence in Familia, who has not been sharp since he returned from a 15-game suspension under baseball's domestic violence policy.

"I know we're going to look up in a month and he's going to have 20 saves and he'll be OK," Collins said. "But as he's getting his feet back on the ground here, I just didn't like the matchup."

New York had put star slugger Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list before the game with a strained hamstring.

"The way things have been going, that's a big weight off our shoulders tonight," Collins said. "That was a big pitch for us."

Eaton will have an MRI on Saturday.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 22 - Mets at Nationals - deGrom vs Scherzer - 7:05 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 22 - Mets at Nationals - deGrom vs Scherzer - 7:05 PM

Game 22 - New York Mets (8-13, 4-3 Road) at Washington Nationals (16-6, 6-3 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) vs Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Batters vs Pitchers Stats at Bottom

The New York Mets and Washington Nationals have combined to win the last three titles in the National League East.

But there was not much of a pennant race when the Nationals took the crown in 2014 and 2016 or when the Mets prevailed in 2015 on the way to the World Series. The Mets won the division by seven games in 2015 while the Nationals were eight games better than New York last year and 17 games in front of their nearest foe in 2014.

The Mets will need a good showing this weekend in Washington if they don't want to fall further behind the surging Nationals, who posted a record of 9-1 on a three-city road trip that ended Thursday in Denver with a 16-2 thumping of the Colorado Rockies. First-place Washington scored 46 runs while winning three of four in Denver.

"That is quite a few runs. Guys came together and really had a heck of a road trip," Washington center fielder Adam Eaton told the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). "I think we are going to keep it going (at home)."

The Nationals, who swept the Mets in three games last weekend in New York, will send ace Max Scherzer to the mound for the first game of the series Friday night at Nationals Park.

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He is 6-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 12 career games against the Mets, with 11 starts. Scherzer (3-1, 1.95) threw a no-hitter at New York in his last start of the 2015 season.

The Mets, who have lost 10 of their last 11 and six in a row, will counter with right-hander Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55). He was supposed to start against the Nationals on April 21, but a sore neck forced the Mets to use Matt Harvey, and deGrom faced Washington at home on Saturday.

"We can no longer sit back and say, 'Hey look, it's ugly weather, we've got some guys hurt.' No one cares. They don't care. The Nationals won't care. (The media) doesn't care. The only thing that matters are the guys in that room," Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters Thursday.

In his last start, deGrom walked six Nationals but also fanned 10 while giving up three runs at home Saturday. He is 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA in eight career starts against Washington.

The Mets (8-13) are already 7 1/2 games behind the Nationals (16-6), whose bullpen ERA is one of the worst in baseball. New York lost at home 7-5 Thursday to the Atlanta Braves.

New York has been beset by injuries in the first month of the season. Infielder Wilmer Flores (right knee infection) and first baseman Lucas Duda (hyperextended left elbow) both went on the 10-day disabled list April 21.

Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes did not start in any of the three games last weekend in New York. He started Thursday against the Atlanta Braves but left the game in the fourth inning with a hamstring injury.

"The concern is getting these guys back. Once we get healthy and get our lineup back in there, I think things will turn around," Collins said.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his start on Thursday with a "tired arm," according to Collins.

In the last meeting, Daniel Murphy hit a grand slam and Scherzer got the win against the Mets on Sunday night.

Murphy is hitting .386 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 22 games against the Mets, his former team.

"He wants to beat their brains in. He won't say anything, and he won't say anything to us -- it's not like he's in here boasting that he wants to beat the Mets," Scherzer told reporters. "But he wants to beat them apart."

The Nationals' offense has been the best in baseball, and is paced by right fielder Bryce Harper (.418, eight homers), first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (.387, 8 homers), shortstop Trea Turner (.347), Eaton (.291) and second baseman Murphy (.340, 5 homers).

Washington won the season series 12-7 last season against New York.

New York could also face Stephen Strasburg this weekend after he returned from the paternity list after the birth of his second child earlier this week.

"Well, this is the big leagues. You face great pitching in the big leagues," Collins told reporters Thursday. "As I just told you guys and I told them: Look, I walked around that room, there's seven All-Stars in that room. We've got a good team. It's time to just absolutely grind it out, look in the mirror, get ourselves ready to play, make adjustments that we have to make and go out and play the game."

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