The Mets (20-21, 3.5 GB in NL East) take on the Washington Nationals (17-25, 7 GB) in the rubber game of a three-game set on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on SNY.
Amed Rosario's eight-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night on Wednesday. During his hitting streak, the 23-year-old Rosario was slashing .333/.368/.528 with one home run and seven RBIs. ... Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-18 slump that has dropped his batting average from .284 to .263. ... Mets catchers this season have hit .211 (ninth worst in the majors) with three home runs and 18 RBIs.
|Jeff McNeil, LF||Adam Eaton, RF|
|Dominic Smith, 1B||Victor Robles, CF|
|Robinson Canó, 2B||Anthony Rendon, 3B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Juan Soto, LF|
|J.D. Davis, 3B||Howie Kendrick, 2B|
|Brandon Nimmo, CF||Gerardo Parra, 1B|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Kurt Suzuki, C|
|Tomas Nido, C||Wilmer Difo, SS|
|Zack Wheeler, RHP||Anibal Sanchez, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler (3-2, 4.35 ERA), who has struck out at least 10 batters in seven innings in three of his last four starts. ... In his most recent start last Friday, Wheeler struck out 11 batters and allowed two runs and nine hits in an 11-2 win over the Marlins. ... Wheeler allowed 11 runs, 10 hits and eight walks in his first two starts of the season, both of which came against the Nationals.
Who is starting for the Nationals?
RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.27 ERA), who has pitched more than six innings just once in eight starts this season. ... The 35-year-old Sanchez has a 3.86 ERA in his last three starts, giving up eight runs (six earned) and 13 hits in 14 innings, but Washington has scored a total of three runs in those starts. ... In 14 career starts against the Mets, Sanchez is 5-5 with a 4.13 ERA.
Jacob deGrom (3-4, 3.26 ERA) and the Mets begin a three-game series against Trevor Richards (0-5, 4.46 ERA) and the Marlins (10-31) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.