Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets are on a 3-game winning streak and are back to .500! Last night took the lead early on a first inning grand slam by Wilson Ramos, who really needed something positive to happen on the baseball diamond. Then Syndergaard took over. He no-hit the Nationals through 5 innings and would leave after 8 innings allowing 2 runs. Dominic Smith provided the icing on the cake with a solo shot to dead center and Lugo had to pitch only one inning!

Now the Mets turn to Wilmer Font for a second start. The Mets bullpen has now had effectively three days off (with the exception of Lugo who pitched yesterday and Diaz who warmed up). While I would have preferred anyone else to pitch the 9th yesterday to allow Lugo to pitch possibly more than one inning today, that isn’t what happened. The condition of the bullpen is important because most likely Font will pitch somewhere between 4 and 5 innings. In his first start as a Met he allowed 2 runs over 4.0 innings from 3 hits and no walks. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

Patrick Corbin has been good overall for the Nationals this year. He is 3-1 over 8 starts and 50.2 innings with a 3.20 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 1.105 WHIP and 139 ERA+. He went through a rough patch at the end of April, beginning of May where he allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, over 17.0 innings, a 5.82 ERA, but in his last start he rebounded by shutting out the Dodgers over 7.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he has allowed 5 runs over 12.0 innings in his first two starts of the season. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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