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