Both the New York Mets and Washington Nationals are opposite sides of the NL East Standings, with the Mets out in front in the division lead and the Nats in dead last, ten games behind them. The Mets will now look to claim yet another series victory this season and keep their undefeated series streak alive.
Mets Record: 20-10
Nationals Record: 10-20
Carlos Carasco 2-1, 3.30 ERA vs Patrick Corbin 0-5, 7.16 ERA
Tylor Megill 4-1, 2.43 ERA vs Anibal Sanchez 1-2, 8.56 ERA
Taijuan Walker 0-0, 4.91 ERA vs Joan Adon 1-5, 6.99 ERA
What To Watch:
Pete Alonso is heating up! After hitting two home runs on Mother’s Day and driving in five of the Mets six runs, expect Alonso to continue his strong start of the season. He is tied second in the National League with runs batted in and is playing against a terrible Nationals pitching staff. Alonso also has great numbers against Tuesday’s starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin, with a .276 batting average and seven home home runs.
Keys for Series Win:
Even though the Mets are expected to at least take two out of three, you can’t take a division foe lightly. The Mets are going to need solid starting pitching from all three of their starters this series. If the Mets get the Carlos Carrasco they saw from his last start against the Braves, where he pitched eight scoreless, he should have a lot of success. In his second start of the year against the Nats on April 10, he only gave up a run on two hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Tylor Megill will also need a bounce back start after losing for the first time this season against the Braves giving up three runs. Lastly, Taijaun Walker has yet to win this season and has not won a start since the first half of last season. It is only going to be his fourth start of the year and will need to pitch a lot better after giving up seven runs last time out against the Phillies.
Who Wins The Series?
The Mets have not lost a series yet, as mentioned and expect that streak to continue. All three scheduled starting pitchers for the Nationals have an ERA almost or over seven with a Mets lineup that is top ten in the National League in team batting. I expect a clean sweep by the Mets and for them to continue to grow their lead in the NL East.