Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets bring their future and Sunday baseball playing talents to the national stage tonight as they closeout a 4 game series (really 3 + 1 rainout) with the Nationals. The afternoon game featured plan B, possibly plan C pitchers for both teams and on the National stage, the Mets and the Nationals go with their more “established” pitchers (a possible stretched name for Lugo, but given the state of the Mets rotation it fits).

Seth Lugo returns from a right shoulder impingement and will probably be on some form of an inning or pitch limit (which makes sense). He is 5-3 over 12 games and 11 starts over 68.2 innings with a 4.85 ERA, 4.47 FIP and 1.413 WHIP. Before the shoulder injury was announced he was in the midst of a disastrous run allowing 17 runs, 16 earned over 22.0 innings (6.55 ERA) including 6 homers. Opponents were getting on base at a .340 clip during this time. He also has struggled against the Nationals this year losing both starts allowing 10 runs, 9 earned in 11.2 innings off 17 hits and 4 walks. The Nationals have the following numbers against Seth:

  • Murphy 4-10, 2B
  • rendon 1-6, BB
  • Lind 1-6
  • Lobaton 3-4, HR, 2 BB
  • Taylor 1-6
  • Zimmerman 1-6
  • Difo 1-3

The Mets bats draw Tanner Roark who is 10-8 over 25 games and 24 starts with 143.2 innings of work posting a 4.64 ERA, 4.29 FIP and 1.364 WHIP. He has been better than his season numbers and pitching consistently in the month of August allowing 10 runs, 9 earned over 25.0 innings (3.24 ERA). The last time he faced the Mets was back in April wherehe allowed 3 runs off 7 hits and 3 walks in 6.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Lagares 2-14, 2B, BB
  • d’Arnaud 1-13, 2 BB
  • Flores 2-10, 2B
  • Reyes 1-8, 2 BB
  • Cabrera 2-8, 2B, BB
  • Reynolds 1-2, BB
  • Plawecki 1-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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