The New York Mets are riding high on a six game winning streak and are 26 games over .500 for the first time since their 2006 season. They will look to keep the good times rolling as they stay on the road and head to Washington D.C. to take on their NL East rivals, the Washington Nationals.
Mets Record: 64-37
Max Scherzer 6-2, 2.09 ERA vs Patrick Corbin 4-14, 6.49 ERA
Jacob deGrom (Season Debut) vs Cory Abbott, 3.00 ERA
Chris Bassitt 7-7, 3.83 ERA vs Anibal Sanchez 0-3, 7.47 ERA
What to watch:
The Mets are coming off a three game sweep on the road against the Marlins making their win streak at six games and are still holding on to a slim three game lead over the Braves as we now enter the month of August. It has been a difficult season for the Nationals on the other hand. The Nats are coming off losing two out of three to the St. Louis Cardinals and some are wondering if first baseman Josh Bell and especially Nats phenom Juan Soto’s days as Nationals, are numbered with the trading deadline less than 48 hours away.
There are many storylines in this series and perhaps the biggest one is the return of two-time CY Young award winner Jacob deGrom. deGrom has not pitched in a major league game since July 7, 2021 and has been out all year due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He will finally make his long anticipated return.
The pitching matchup:
The Nationals seem to be outnumbered and matched in this series. They will have to go up against Max Scherzer in game one of the series and then the very next day, deGrom. So it’s safe to say that the Mets have the advantage in this one. For the Nationals pitching side, game one for them will feature Patrick Corbin, who’s not having the year he or the Nats imagined. Corbin has an ERA north of six and a half and in two starts against the Mets this year. He has given up nine runs in just 13.1 innings pitched. Game two for the Nats will feature Cory Abbott will make his first start of the year and game three for the Nats will have Anibal Sanchez on the mound. He will be making his fourth start of the year and will look to be a lot sharper as in his first three starts as seen him give up 13 runs.
Who wins the series?
I have the Mets sweeping a series for the second time in a row. They just have a lot going for them right now with their offense on a tear as of late and their pitching being dominant. Plus, adding deGrom back to the rotation finally will give the Mets a huge boost. Also, the Mets have had the Nats number all year winning eight of 10. The Mets will extend their winning streak and will sweep the Nationals to start the month of August.