The Mets (23-25, 4.5 GB in NL East) go for a series sweep and seek to win their fourth straight game (which would be a season high) when they take on the Nationals (19-30, 9 GB) on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
Pete Alonso has a .302/.375/.698 batting line with four home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games against the Nationals this season. ... Over his last six games, Todd Frazier is hitting .412 with one RBI and three extra-base hits. ... The Mets bullpen has the best ERA (2.03) in the majors in the month of May and has held opponents to a .173 batting average.
|Trea Turner, SS||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Adam Eaton, RF||J.D. Davis, LF|
|Anthony Rendon, 3B||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Howie Kendrick, 1B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Juan Soto, LF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Brian Dozier, 2B||Carlos Gómez, RF|
|Victor Robles, CF||Adeiny Hechavarria, 2B|
|Yan Gomes, C||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Stephen Strasburg, RHP||Steven Matz, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (3-3, 3.96 ERA), who returned from the injured list last Saturday and gave up two runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a loss against the Marlins. ... When Matz last faced the Nationals on April 6, he struck out eight batters in five scoreless innings. ... Matz is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three home starts this year, however he is 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA in five starts away from Citi Field.
Who is starting for the Nationals?
RHP Stephen Strasburg (4-3, 3.32 ERA), who has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last seven starts. ... The 30-year-old Strasburg is 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 11 career starts at Citi Field. ... In his last two starts, Strasburg is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA, having allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits in 14 innings.
The Mets begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.50 ERA) will face Gregory Soto (0-2, 10.80) in the opener.