The Mets (70-82) kick off a four-game series against the Nationals (77-75) in Washington D.C. on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games... The Mets are 26-19 in their last 45 games and 38-34 since July 1. ... Mets starting pitchers are 7-3 with a 2.94 ERA (35 earned runs/107.0 innings), the third-lowest ERA in the majors this month. ... The Mets have won eight games vs. Washington this year with four games remaining.
|Amed Rosario, SS||Victor Robles, CF|
|Jeff McNeil, 2B||Trea Turner, SS|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Bryce Harper, RF|
|Jay Bruce, 1B||Anthony Rendon, 3B|
|Dom Smith, LF||Juan Soto, LF|
|Brandon Nimmo, CF||Ryan Zimmerman, 1B|
|Jose Reyes, 3B||Matt Wieters, C|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Adrian Sanchez, 2B|
|Jason Vargas, LHP||Max Scherzer, RHP|
Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.47 ERA in 79.1 IP over 18 starts) who gave up two runs on three hits over six innings in his last start against the Marlins.
Vargas has lowered his ERA from 8.75 to 6.47 over his last five starts.
Who is starting for the Nationals?
RHP Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.53 in 206.2 IP over 31 starts) who gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings in his last start against the Braves.
Scherzer has given up three or more runs in each of his last four starts.
More Mets notes
Jeff McNeil has hit safely in 27 of his last 31 starts...His .335 (62-185) batting average since his debut on July 24 is seventh in the majors (min. 170 PA). ... Brandon Nimmo has reached base safely in a career-high 26 straight games (.486 OBP). ... Michael Conforto leads all major leaguers with 22 RBI this month.
The Mets continue their series with Jacob deGrom on the mound Friday night.