MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Nationals, 1:10 PM

Sunday, June 18, 2017 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP Joe Ross (3-2, 6.39) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (5-3, 4.33)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

There is a huge difference in being swept in a four game set and losing three of four. The Mets hope to make it the latter today, as they close the series with the Nationals.

Yesterday Lugo kept the Mets in the game but the bullpen couldn’t completely shut the door behind him making any come back difficult to achieve, despite a monster homer from Cespedes in the eighth inning.

The Mets are 2-4 on their seven-game homestand which concludes today. New York is 5-4 in its last nine games and is now 8-5-2 in its last 15 series. The Mets are 16-23 at home. New York is 5-12 in day games.

METS LINEUP

  1. Michael Conforto – CF
  2. José Reyes – SS
  3. Jay Bruce – RF
  4. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Curtis Granderson – LF
  7. T.J. Rivera – 3B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

NATIONALS LINEUP

  1. Trea Turner – SS
  2. Brian Goodwin – LF
  3. Bryce Harper – RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. Anthony Rendon – 3B
  7. Matt Wieters – C
  8. Michael Taylor – CF
  9. Joe Ross – P

Jacob deGrom is 5-3 this season over 13 games and 81.0 innings with a 4.33 ERA, 4.05 FIP and 1.395 WHIP. He is coming off his best start of the season where he held the Cubs to one run on five hits and four walks in a complete game effort. Earlier this season, he had mixed results against the Nationals in back-to-back starts, allowing six runs on 14 hits and seven walks in 12 2/3 innings. He also recorded 22 strikeouts in those games. The Nationals have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Harper 8-for-21, 2 2B, HR, 4 BB
  • Rendon 0-for-13, 4 BB, 5 K
  • Zimmerman 5-for-14, 2 HR, 6 K
  • Taylor 0-for-11, BB
  • Turner 3-for-9, 2B
  • Wieters 3-for-9, HR
  • Lind 1-for-5, BB
  • Murphy 3-for-6

The Mets bats draw Joe Ross who is 3-2 over eight starts and 43 2/3 innings with a 6.39 ERA, 4.83 FIP and 1.534 WHIP. June has been marked with one very good start and two bad starts for Ross. On the eighth, he allowed only one run over 7 1/3 innings. On the third, he allowed seven runs in three innings and on the 13th, he allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings. In his one start against the Mets this year, he allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk in four innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Ross:

  • Granderson 3-for-12
  • Flores 3-for-9
  • Cespedes 1-for-6
  • Duda 2-for-4, 2 HR, BB
  • Bruce 3-for-5, HR
  • d’Arnaud 2-for-5
  • Conforto 1-for-3
  • Nimmo 2-for-3
  • Reyes 1-for-3, 3B
  • R. Rivera 1-for-2, HR

NOTES:

New York is 0-6 vs. the Nats at Citi Field this year. The six-game home losing streak to the Nationals is the fourth-longest in team history and the longest since they lost a franchise record 12 consecutive home games to Washington from June 30, 2013-September 11, 2014. The Mets are 4-12 vs. the Nationals in New York since the start of last season.

New York has hit 30 home runs in its last 15 games and 44 home runs in its last 26 games. The Mets have belted 12 homers during this home stand. The Mets have 99 home runs, the third-most in the NL and the sixth-most in the majors. Washington leads the NL with 106 homers.

Jay Bruce has six home runs and 12 RBI and is hitting .390 (23-for-59) in his last 14 games. Bruce is tied for fifth in the NL and tied for eighth in the majors with his 18 home runs. He has 47 RBI, tied for ninth in the NL.

Jacob deGrom is 15-4 with a 1.78 ERA (40 ER/202.0 IP) in 31 career starts during the day. His 1.78 daytime ERA is the lowest in the majors since 1913 (min. 175 innings).

Following today’s game, the Mets will begin a season high-tying 10-game road trip to Los Angeles NL, San Francisco and Miami. The Mets will play 16 of their next 19 games away from Citi Field. New York is 14-14 on the road.

Let’s Go Mets!

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