MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Nationals, 7:10 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 2.20) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 1.29)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

The good times for the bullpen couldn’t go on forever and ended in calamity last night. The Mets look to bounce back today and take Game 2 of the series with the Nationals.

Yesterday, the Mets extended a 6-1 lead off a Jacob deGrom masterpiece and small ball from a host of players including deGrom on a squeeze play as well as Juan Lagares while Todd Frazier continued to rake. Everything fell apart in the eighth inning where deGrom lost his steam and four Mets relievers just couldn’t get the job done.

Mets Lineup

  1. Asdrúbal Cabrera – 2B
  2. Yoenis Céspedes – LF
  3. Wilmer Flores – 1B
  4. Todd Frazier – 3B
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Tomás Nido – C
  8. Zack Wheeler – RHP
  9. Amed Rosario – SS

Nationals Lineup

  1. Trea Turner – SS
  2. Howie Kendrick – 2B
  3. Bryce Harper – RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
  5. Moises Sierra – LF
  6. Michael A. Taylor – CF
  7. Wilmer Difo – 3B
  8. Pedro Severino – C
  9. Gio Gonzalez – LHP

The Mets look to show perseverance tonight through Wheeler who picked up a win in his first start of the season where he held the Marlins to one run over seven innings from only two hits and a walk while striking out seven. In two starts against the Nationals last year, Wheeler held them to six runs, five earned over 11.2 innings from nine hits and six walks while recording 10 K’s. The Nationals have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Rendon 7-for-20, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Harper 4-for-19, HR, BB, 9 K
  • Zimmerman 8-for-18, 2 HR, BB, 3 K
  • Eaton 0-for-4, BB
  • Turner 1-for-5
  • Kendrick 0-for-3
  • Taylor 3-for-3, 2B
  • Wieters 0-for-3

The Mets bats get to see Gio Gonzalez again who is 1-1 over three starts this season allowing five runs, four earned over 16.1 innings while striking out 20. In the small season sample, he has a 2.20 ERA, 1.408 WHIP, 2.69 FIP and 72 ERA+. His second start of the season was against the Mets where he held the Amazin’s to only one run off six hits and three walks in 5.1 innings in a game the Mets eventually won 3-2. The Mets have the following numbers off Gio:

  • Lagares 17-for-44, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Cabrera 8-for-34, 2 BB
  • Bruce 6-for-26, 5 2B, 3 BB
  • Flores 5-for-25, HR, 3 BB
  • Gonzalez 2-for-19, BB
  • Reyes 7-for-19, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Cespedes 7-for-16, 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB
  • Frazier 3-for-13, 2 2B, 2 BB
  • Rosario 0-for-5
  • Conforto 0-for-2
  • Nimmo 0-for-3

Notes

The Mets 12-3 start after 15 games is the tied for the best in franchise history. New York was also 12-3 after 15 games in 1986 and 2015. The Mets (.800) winning percentage is the best in the National League and the third-best in the majors behind Boston (13-2, .867) and Los Angeles-AL (13-3, .813).

New York has won its first five series of the year for the first time in team history. The Mets opened the 2006 campaign winning their first four series. For the first time this season, the Mets lost a series-opening contest (had won five straight to start the season).

The Mets have allowed at least one run in 34 innings this season but have immediately scored in their next at-bat 15 times. The Mets have seven come-from-behind wins this year, tied for the most in the majors with Boston.

Let’s Go Mets!

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