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  • Nationals @ Mets: 08/10 7:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN, MLBN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK



    GAME 17, HOME GAME 9

    Monday, 10th August,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    NATIONALS -- STANDINGS -- METS



    NATIONALS -- LEADERS -- METS



    NATIONALS -- BATTING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- PITCHING -- METS



    NATIONALS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    NATIONALS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Mets Moving with Momentum as Nationals Visit



    The New York Mets, coming off their first series win of the season, will play host to the reeling Washington Nationals on Monday night.

    New York cooled off what had been the major league's hottest team -- the Miami Marlins -- in winning the last two of a weekend set.

    Washington, however, has lost three straight games and was four innings from potentially getting swept by the crosstown Baltimore Orioles when their Sunday game was suspended due to rain and a tarp issue. Washington trailed, 5-2, at the time.

    The Mets appear to be hitting their stride, especially if they can get star first baseman Pete Alonso on track. Last year, the NL Rookie of the Year blasted 53 homers, leading the majors and setting a Mets record. He also drove in 120 runs and had a .941 OPS.

    This season, in 16 games, Alonso is hitting just .197 with two homers, six RBIs and a .649 OPS.

    "He'll be fine," Mets hitting coach Chili Davis said of Alonso. "He has to get the homers out of his head. He just has to hit."

    The Mets on Monday will start lefty Steven Matz (0-2, 5.65 ERA). He was 11-10 with a 4.21 ERA last season but is also off to a slow start.

    In three appearances, Matz has one quality start, but he followed that up by allowing eight runs in 8 1/3 innings in his last two appearances. The Nationals beat him in his most recent start, getting seven hits and five runs in three innings.

    "It's almost like (Matz) didn't have zip behind (his pitches)," Mets manager Luis Rojas said after that 5-3 loss.

    In his career against the Nationals, Matz is 1-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 13 starts.

    The Nationals will counter Matz with their own lefty, Patrick Corbin (1-0, 3.00 ERA, two starts). For his career, Corbin is 3-5 with a 4.48 ERA in 15 appearances against the Mets. But his most recent outing was a win over the Mets, where he allowed eight hits, one walk and three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.

    Offensively, the Nationals are looking for more from leadoff man Trea Turner, who is batting .196 and is stuck in a 2-for-23 slump.

    "Every day, coming to the ballpark is like a rollercoaster," Turner said. "As a team, we've got to move on and play better."

    Turner's slump, however, extends past his bat. He has stolen more than 30 bases in each of the past four years, with 157 in total. This year, though, he has zero steals and has been caught three times.

    Meanwhile, the Mets have their own speedster, rookie infielder Andres Gimenez, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one steal in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Marlins.

    Gimenez, who is also a slick fielder and New York's top prospect, has three steals and has yet to be caught this year. He averaged 34 steals over the past two years in the minors.

    As for his bat -- perhaps his weakest tool -- Gimenez is hitting .333 with a .795 OPS, although it's too early to project too much there just yet.

    "He's been impressive so far," teammate and Mets ace Jacob deGrom said of Gimenez. "I enjoy watching him play."


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    • #3
      • The Mets have won six of their last seven home games against Washington, with five of those wins coming by two or fewer runs. The teams split a two-game series last week at Nationals Park.
      • New York is batting an MLB-best .284 this season with less than two outs, compared to a .184 average with two outs -- 28th in MLB. The Mets' .143 average with two outs and runners in scoring position is the second worst in the majors (Phillies, .083).
      • Washington is 0-7 this season when scoring three or fewer runs, compared to 4-0 when scoring four or more. Going back to last season -- and including the playoffs -- the Nats have won 29 of their last 30 games when plating at least four runs.
      • Over his last 10 games against the Mets, Juan Soto is batting .459 (17/37) with five homers, 11 RBI and a 1.589 OPS. The Nationals have won just two of those 10 games, however.
      • Patrick Corbin has struck out eight batters in each of his first two starts of 2020, including last week's win over the Mets. Since 2005, the only Nationals to strike out eight or more in each of their first three outings of the season were Stephen Strasburg in 2010 (four straight) and Max Scherzer in 2015 (three).
      • Pete Alonso is hitting .197 with two homers, six RBI and a .649 OPS. At the same juncture in his 2019 Rookie of the Year campaign (through 16 games), Alonso was hitting .339 with six home runs, 17 RBI and a 1.181 OPS.

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        Top of 1:
        Nationals first. Turner flied out to left fielder McNeil. Harrison grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Castro struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman Cabrera. Davis grounded out, third baseman Kieboom to first baseman Cabrera. McNeil hit a ground-rule double to left. Alonso popped out to second baseman Castro.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Nationals second. Soto grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Alonso. Kendrick grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Cabrera homered to left on a full count. Kieboom struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Cabrera unassisted. Ramos doubled to right. Nimmo flied out to center fielder Robles. Dozier flied out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Nationals third. Gomes singled to right. Robles struck out. Turner homered to left on a 1-2 count, Gomes scored. Harrison grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Castro struck out, safe on Matz's wild pitch. Soto homered to center on the first pitch, Castro scored. Kendrick flied out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Giménez struck out. Rosario grounded out, pitcher Corbin to first baseman Cabrera. Davis grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman Cabrera.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Cabrera doubled to left. Kieboom struck out. Gomes lined out to left fielder McNeil. Robles flied out to center fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. McNeil flied out to left fielder Soto. Alonso struck out. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Turner singled to center. Harrison singled to center, Turner to second. Castro grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Davis to second baseman Giménez, Turner to third, Harrison out. Soto hit a ground-rule double to center, Turner scored, Castro to third. Sewald pitching. Kendrick singled to left, Castro scored, Soto to third. Cabrera doubled to center, Soto scored, Kendrick scored. Kieboom singled to right, Cabrera to third. Gomes singled to center, Cabrera scored, Kieboom to second. Robles was hit by a pitch, Kieboom to third, Gomes to second. Turner singled to right, Kieboom scored, Gomes to third, Robles to second. Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Conforto, Gomes scored. Castro lined out to left fielder McNeil.
        Runs: 7, Hits: 8

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Ramos walked on a full count. Nimmo grounded into a double play, pitcher Corbin to shortstop Turner to first baseman Cabrera, Ramos out. Dozier singled to left. Giménez struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Soto singled to right. Kendrick walked, Soto to second. Cabrera walked on four pitches, Soto to third, Kendrick to second. Shreve pitching. Kieboom popped out to shortstop Rosario. Gomes walked, Soto scored, Kendrick to third, Cabrera to second. Robles hit an infield single to third, Kendrick scored, Cabrera to third, Gomes to second. Turner struck out. Harrison grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Giménez, Robles out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Difo in as shortstop. Harrison in as left fielder. Taylor in as right fielder. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Difo to first baseman Cabrera. Davis walked. McNeil hit an infield single to shortstop, Davis to second. Alonso safe at first on fielder's choice plus throwing error by pitcher Corbin, Davis scored, McNeil to second. Conforto singled to right, McNeil scored, Alonso to second. Ramos grounded out, pitcher Corbin to first baseman Cabrera, Alonso to third, Conforto to second. Nimmo grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman Cabrera.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Hamilton in as center fielder. Al.Sánchez in as catcher. Nimmo in as right fielder. Castro grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Taylor doubled to right. Kendrick grounded out, pitcher Shreve to first baseman Alonso. Cabrera homered to center on a 2-2 count, Taylor scored. Kieboom struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Suero pitching. Dozier struck out. Giménez grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman Cabrera. Rosario struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Smith pitching. Gomes grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Robles flied out to left fielder McNeil. Difo grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Smith.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Davis was hit by a pitch. McNeil singled to center, Davis to third. Alonso singled to center, Davis scored, McNeil to second. Hamilton grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Castro to shortstop Difo, McNeil to third, Alonso out. Al.Sánchez grounded into a double play, second baseman Castro to shortstop Difo to first baseman Cabrera, Hamilton out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 9:
        Nationals ninth. Guillorme pitching. Harrison grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Castro grounded out, second baseman Giménez to first baseman Alonso. Taylor flied out to left fielder McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 9:
        Mets ninth. Doolittle pitching. Nimmo homered to center on a 0-1 count. Dozier flied out to left fielder Harrison. Giménez lined out to right fielder Taylor. Rosario lined out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1


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        • #5

          Cabrera and Soto Power Nationals to 16-4 Rout of Matz, Mets

          by JERRY BEACH

          -- Asdrubal Cabrera went 4 for 4 with two homers, two doubles and five RBIs, tormenting his former team again as the Washington Nationals routed the New York Mets 16-4 on Monday night.

          Juan Soto and Trea Turner homered in the third inning for the Nationals, who scored just 11 runs in their previous five games -- including Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, which was suspended in the sixth with Washington trailing 5-2.

          Manager Dave Martinez said he sensed Monday afternoon that getting away from Nationals Park -- where Washington played its first 11 games, including two as the "visiting" team against the Toronto Blue Jays from July 29-30 -- was the spark the Nationals needed.

          "Sometimes it's good to try and get away and do something different," Martinez said. "I felt that tonight with these guys. We showed up. They took batting practice. They were rip-raring to go.

          "You saw how they played. Let's keep it going."


          Keeping it going against his old team doesn't seem to be a problem for Cabrera, who played 374 games for the Mets from 2016-18.

          Making his fifth career start at first base, Cabrera homered for the Nationals' first run, doubled leading off the fourth, laced a two-run double in the fifth and hit a two-run homer in the seventh. He became the first player to go 4 for 4 with four extra-base hits against a former team since Johnny Cooney of the Brooklyn Dodgers did it versus the Boston Bees in 1937, according to STATS.

          Cabrera is batting .452 (14 for 31) with three homers and 11 RBIs in eight games against the Mets since Washington signed him on Aug. 6, 2019.

          "It's not easy to come here and play with no fans," Cabrera said. "But it's part of the business right now."

          Soto's RBI double produced the first run of a seven-run fifth, which was the Nationals' biggest inning since a nine-run second against Cleveland last Sept. 28. Howie Kendrick, Yan Gomes and Turner all had RBI singles, and Josh Harrison delivered a sacrifice fly.

          Gomes drew a bases-loaded walk and Michael A. Taylor had an RBI single in the sixth for the Nationals, who scored their most runs since a 16-8 win over Milwaukee last Aug. 18. Washington's 17 hits were its most since a 17-hit outburst against Atlanta last Sept. 8.

          Soto launched a drive that landed beyond the Mets' home run apple in center field and was projected at a career-long 463 feet. He also doubled and singled before exiting in the sixth.

          "I followed the ball all the way -- it was way far," Soto said. "Most of the time, I don't see where they're landing. You don't even feel it. You just see the ball jump off the bat."

          Patrick Corbin (2-0) cruised to the win and permitted two runs (one earned) over six innings.

          Steven Matz (0-3) was hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, the most earned runs he's allowed in a start. He gave up five runs over three innings against the Nationals in his previous outing last Tuesday.

          "I've got to get with (pitching coach Jeremy) Hefner and make some adjustments here, because two games like this is unacceptable," Matz said.

          Mets reserve infielder Luis Guillorme made his major league pitching debut and tossed a perfect ninth inning.

          Jeff McNeil had three hits for the Mets, and Brandon Nimmo homered in the ninth. J.D. Davis' hitting streak was snapped at a career-high 13 games.

          UGLY PERFORMANCE

          The Mets gave up their most runs since a 25-4 loss at Washington on July 31, 2018. It matched a 16-1 loss to Philadelphia in September 2012 for the most runs they've allowed at Citi Field, which opened in 2009.

          HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILSON

          Mets catcher Wilson Ramos turned 33. He went 1 for 2 with a double.

          DO IT YOURSELF DAVE

          Martinez, who had a heart procedure last season and admitted he was scared after the coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins in late July, was prepared for the Nationals' first road trip and the train ride to New York City.

          "I have my own little Lysol bottle. I have my bottle of wipes. I cleaned my table down," said Martinez, who added he cleaned the tables for coaches Tim Bogar and Kevin Long as well. "I had gloves on, had my mask on the whole time."

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman opted out of the remainder of the season. Stroman hadn't pitched this year due to a torn left calf sustained during summer workouts. The impending free agent was scheduled to pitch in a third and potentially final simulated game Tuesday.

          Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (right hamstring) felt good while throwing a bullpen Sunday and will start Tuesday night. Scherzer exited his outing against the Mets last Wednesday after one inning due to the hamstring problem, which first cropped up against the Blue Jays on July 29. . RHP Will Harris (groin) is traveling with the team and scheduled to throw to hitters Tuesday. He was placed on the injured list July 31, retroactive to July 29.

          UP NEXT

          Nationals:Scherzer (0-1, 3.29 ERA) tied his career low by lasting just the one inning last week.

          Mets: RHP Rick Porcello (1-1, 6.92 ERA) will look to build on his best outing with New York when he opposes the Nationals for a second straight time. Porcello allowed one run over seven innings and earned the win last Wednesday.


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