With Nationals ace Max Scherzer on the mound at Citi Field on Thursday night, the Mets are sitting Amed Rosario to protect him.
"I think that Rosario is in a really good spot," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the game. "Not that Rosario couldn't hit Max Scherzer, but Scherzer is one of the toughest guys in the big leagues against righties. That's just a fact. Rather than make it a little harder on him today, we figured we could get some good work in before the game."
When asked if part of the reasoning behind sitting Rosario was that he had been playing well lately and the Mets don't want to mess that up against Scherzer, Callaway said yes.
"That's exactly right," he said. "He's making some significant adjustments at the plate. To do those and to maintain those against Max Scherzer is gonna be super-challenging. That's definitely one of the reasons, yes."
The 22-year-old Rosario is 6 for his last 13 with two doubles and two triples, including a three-hit game on Tuesday and a two-hit game on Wednesday.
In Rosario's place, Jose Reyes is playing shortstop while Jose Bautista slides to third base.