The Mets kick off a four-game series with the Nationals on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
The Mets have gone 15 straight series without a series victory dating to their sweep of Arizona from May 18-20 at Citi Field. ... The Mets last three wins have come via walk-off fashion (Jose Bautista walk-off grand slam on July 6 vs. Tampa, Wilmer Flores walk-off homer on July 9 vs. Philadelphia and Brandon Nimmo walk-off homer Wednesday night vs. Philadelphia). ... The Mets have lost 19 of their last 24 home games and are 17-30 at home this year.
|Brandon Nimmo, RF||Trea Turner, SS|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B||Juan Soto, LF|
|Jose Bautista, 3B||Anthony Rendon, 3B|
|Michael Conforto, LF||Bryce Harper, RF|
|Wilmer Flores, 1B||Mark Reynolds, 1B|
|Matt den Dekker, CF||Daniel Murphey, 2B|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Michael Taylor, CF|
|Jose Reyes, SS||Matt Wieters, C|
|Steven Matz, LHP||Max Scherzer, RHP|
Who is starting tonight for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (3.31 ERA/4.65 FIP, 1.23 WHIP in 17 starts), who gave up one run on five hits in 6.1 innings with three walks and five strikeouts in a loss against the Rays.
Matz last pitched against the Nationals in April, when he gave up three runs in four innings with six strikeouts.
Who is starting tonight for the Nationals?
RHP Max Scherzer (2.33 ERA/2.60 FIP, 0.89 WHIP), who, along with Jacob deGrom, is a frontrunner for NL Cy Young. In his last start, Scherzer gave up four runs over seven innings in a loss against the Marlins.
Scherzer leads the NL in WHIP, strikeouts (177) and innings pitched (127.2).
More Mets notes
Over his last 44 games, Wilmer Flores is batting .305 (43-141) with 13 doubles, six home runs, 23 RBI, 14 runs scored, 11 walks and a .350 OBP. ... Brandon Nimmo's pinch hit three-run home run on Wednesday night was his first pinch hit home run and his first walk-off home run of his career. ... Amed Rosario is 6-13 over his last four games.
The Mets continue thier series with the Nationals on Friday as Noah Syndergaard makes his return from the DL against Tanner Roark.