The Mets open a three game series with the Nationals tonight at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m on PIX11.
Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA) will pitch for the Mets. DeGrom tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts in his last start, which ended in a no-decision.
Tanner Roark (0-2, 3.50 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Nationals. Roark is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight games against the Mets in his career.
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Noah Syndergaard gave up three earned runs in seven innings, but the Mets committed three errors and fell to the Phillies, 6-4, at Citi Field. Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the fifth inning with a left hamstring cramp and will undergo an MRI today.
Mets closer Jeurys Familia was activated from the restricted list ahead of Thursday's game and pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Wilmer Flores missed Thursday's game with an infection and Lucas Duda also missed the game after hyperextending his elbow on Wednesday. Travis d'Arnaud did not start but was available to pinch hit after injuring his hand on Wednesday.
C Kevin Plawecki was activated from Triple-A Las Vegas, while RHP Rafael Montero and LHP Sean Gilmartin were optioned to Triple-A to make room.
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According to Jay Popper of the Daily News, the Jay Bruce experiment at first base got off to a less-than-ideal start Thursday night.
Apr 20, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) catches a pop fly at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
In a post for Faith and Fear in Flushing, Greg Prince looks at a similarly between Jay Bruce and Todd Zeile, who he met in SNY's suite Thursday night.
Lastly, Syndergaard's 'little fluky' start still had dynamic moments, Fred Kerber explains.