Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets try to pick it up and put it back together today as they go for a series split with the Nationals. After winning the first game of the set, the Mets have dropped the last two as the injury bug continues to spread itself throughout the clubhouse. Today, they turn to Steven Matz as they look to go into the All-Star break on a good note.

Steven Matz is 7-4 over 15 starts and 89.0 innings this year with a 3.34 ERA. He was the hard luck loser in his last start allowing only 2 runs against Miami in a game the Marlins eventually won 5-2 (both runs on one bad pitch to Stanton, which was the start of Stanton’s tear against the Mets). It was was Matz’s strongest start since June 1ith. In his only start against the Nationals this year came mid-May where he shut the Nationals out over 8.0 innings while striking out 7. The Nationals have the following numbers against Steven:

  • Espinosa 0-3
  • Heisey 0-2, BB
  • Murphy 1-3
  • Ramos 1-3
  • Rendon 0-3, 2 K
  • Taylor 1-3
  • Werth 0-3

The Mets bats draw Gio Gonzlaez who is 4-8 over 17 starts and 97.2 innings with a 4.79 ERA. In his last 9 starts he has allowed 43 runs, 42 earned, over 49.1 innings for an ERA of 7.66 and a record of 1-7. His two starts against the Mets this year were back to back in mid-May and were quite different. In his first start, he held the Mets to 1 ER over over 6.1 innings. His next start started his current struggling streak where he allowed 7 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:

  • Granderson 5-35, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 13-32, 3 2B, 3B, HR
  • Cabrera 5-23
  • Flores 2-15
  • d’Arnaud3-14, 3 2B
  • Cespedes 6-10, 2 HR
  • Walker 3-11, HR
  • Reyes 4-10, 2B
  • De Aza 2-3, 2 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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