Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

Mets baseball is back!

For the first time in a while the Mets turned over their roster quite a bit as there are a number of players who could be making their orange and blue debuts today. The NL East is going to be competitive this year with 4 of 5 teams actively working towards a win now mindset. It’s difficult to say with a straight face that games in April matter, but 16 of the first 18 games the Mets play are against the NL East and the first 9 games are against the Nationals and the Marlins. This should feel familiar if you followed the Mets this spring: since 3/15 the Mets have faced the Marlins and Nationals 7 times.

Not only is it Opening Day, it’s also deGrom day! Jacob deGrom is coming off of one of the best seasons I’ve ever witness a pitcher have in a Mets uniform (I’m 30 if that helps you figure out who I’ve seen and haven’t seen). Last year he went 10-9 over 32 starts and 217.0 innings posting a 1.70 ERA (league leading), 216 ERA+ (league leading), 1.99 FIP (league leading) and a 0.912 WHIP. He also led the league in HR/9 at 0.4. Another fun fact: he ended last year at 269 strikeouts putting him at exactly 1000 K’s in his career. The newly extended deGrom faced the Nationals 3 times last year totaling 20.1 innings allowing 6 runs, 5 earned from 13 hits and 5 walks (2.21 ERA). The Nationals have the following numbers against Jacob:

Jacob deGrom last year beat Max Scherzer for the Cy Young Award, and Max will be looking for his revenge today. Max was 18-7 (league leading in wins) over 33 games and 220.2 innings (lead leaguing) striking out 300 (league leading). He posted a 2.53 ERA, 168 ERA+, 2.65 FIP and a 0.911 WHIP (league leading). Last year he faced the Mets twice, allowing 6 runs over 14.0 innings from 10 hits and 4 walks while striking out 18. The Mets posted the highest ERA (3.86) against Max than any other NL East team, but the Mets also faced him the least amount of times last year. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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