The Mets (12-2) open a three-game series against the Nationals (7-9) at Citi Field on Monday night at 7:10 on SNY.
The Mets' 12-2 start is the best in franchise history, and they have won their first five series of the season for the first time ever. ... The Mets are 8-0 against the NL East this season. ... Todd Frazier has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in his last eight games. ... The Mets have seven come-from-behind wins this season -- tied with the Red Sox for the most in baseball.
|Trea Turner, SS||Brandon Nimmo, RF|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B|
|Bryce Harper, RF||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 1B||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Matt Wieters, C||Adrian Gonzalez, 1B|
|Matt Adams, LF||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Wilmer Difo, 3B||Jose Lobaton, C|
|Jeremy Hellickson, RHP||Jacob deGrom, RHP|
|Michael A. Taylor, CF||Amed Rosario, SS|
Who is starting tonight for the Mets?
RHP Jacob deGrom (3.06 ERA/2.77 FIP, 1.13 WHIP in 17.2 IP over three starts), who allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six in 6.0 innings against the Marlins last Tuesday. The Marlins' four-run inning against deGrom was sparked primarily by batted balls that had a low probability of success, per Statcast. Four of the five batted balls had a hit probability of 42 percent or less.
DeGrom has a 2.68 ERA in 13 career starts (80.2 innings) against the Nationals. ... He has a 2.32 ERA with 401 strikeouts in 344.2 career innings (54 starts) at Citi Field. ... DeGrom has allowed one or no runs in 47 of his first 110 career starts, tied with Dwight Gooden as having the most such starts since at least 1908 within a pitcher's first 110 career starts.
Who is starting tonight for the Nationals?
RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who will be making his first start of the season after signing a minor league deal during Spring Training. He had a 5.43 ERA/5.77 FIP and 1.26 WHIP in 164.0 innings (30 starts) last season with the Phillies and Orioles.
Hellickson is taking A.J. Cole's spot in the rotation, after Cole allowed 12 runs in 9.0 innings during his first two starts this season.
More Mets notes...
The Mets' pitching staff has a 2.58 ERA (best in the majors) and 1.11 WHIP (second-best in the majors). ... Mets pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters during Sunday's win over the Brewers. The last time Mets pitching struck out 16 or more batters in a 9.0 inning game was October 3, 2015 against the Nationals. ... The Mets have allowed at least one run in 31 innings this season, and have immediately scored in their next at-bat 14 times.