Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

Last night was bad for the Mets. They need to get as far away from it as they possibly can.

If you’re like me, and went to sleep when the Mets had a comfortable lead, then you missed the Mets bullpen having an epic meltdown, allowing 7 runs in the ninth inning for the Nationals to win. It’s as if the karma the Mets had built all season long from jumping all over the Nationals bullpen came back in one night. Now the Mets must win this afternoon to win the series to try to keep up in the Wild Card race.

Zack Wheeler will try to get things on the right track for the Mets. He is 9-7 over 26 games and 161.1 innings with a 4.41 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 1.295 WHIP and 93 ERA+. After three bad starts in a row where he allowed 14 runs in 16.0 innings, he took a step in the positive direction last time out holding the Phillies to 1 run over 6.0 innings. The Nationals have been a source of pain for Wheeler this year – tagging him for 20 runs off 25 hits and 12 walks in 22.2 innings (4 games). The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will try to make an even larger lead today against Anibal Sanchez who is 8-6 over 25 games and 135.0 innings with a 3.80 ERA, 4.26 FIP, 1.319 WHIP and 122 ERA+. In his last two starts he has allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 13.1 innings. Against the Met this year he has allowed 3 runs over 6.1 innings from 8 hits and 2 walks (two starts). The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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