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  • Mets @ Nationals: 03/31 1:35 PM ET; SNY, MASN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK



    GAME 3, ROAD GAME 3

    Sunday, 31st March
    1:35 PM ET
    Nationals Park





    METS -- STANDINGS -- NATIONALS



    METS -- LEADERS -- NATIONALS



    METS -- BATTING -- NATIONALS



    METS -- PITCHING -- NATIONALS



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    NATIONALS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- NATIONALS

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  • #2


    Corbin Set for Nationals' Debut Against Mets



    WASHINGTON -- Washington will send out left-hander Patrick Corbin for his first start with the Nationals, who will be looking to avoid a three-game sweep when they play against the visiting New York Mets on Sunday.

    Right-hander Zack Wheeler will start for the Mets, who won 11-8 Saturday.

    "We kind of kept the train moving," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said of the offensive approach Saturday. "Guys had some really good walks. Our offense was fantastic today."

    Corbin, a right-hander who signed as a free agent in the offseason after pitching for six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, will try to slow down that train. He is 1-4 with a 5.10 ERA against the Mets; Wheeler is 4-8 with a 4.37 ERA against the Nationals.

    Washington manager Dave Martinez preached fundamentals in spring training after some questioned his laid-back camp in 2018. He is also trying to figure out playing time with two new catchers and a slugging first baseman, Matt Adams, who is stuck behind starter Ryan Zimmerman.

    The Nationals acquired veteran catchers Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes in the offseason. Suzuki was with Atlanta last year; Gomes was with the Cleveland Indians.

    Gomes started the opener on Thursday, with Suzuki behind the plate Saturday to catch Stephen Strasburg. How will Martinez use them?

    "It's a combination of both," Martinez said of Gomes catching Max Scherzer in the opener.

    "He's worked with him before; he's caught him in spring training. They seem like they work really good together. Like I said, I wanted to make sure Suzuki is playing his share of games as well, and I thought it was a good matchup (Saturday)."

    The Nationals have young Victor Robles in center and Adam Eaton in right. Robles had a throwing error Saturday and had some balls go over his head for hits when he initially broke in at the crack of the bat.

    "They communicate a lot," Martinez said of Robles and Eaton.

    "We talked a lot about that and worked on it this spring with (Robles), letting him know that he's the captain out there, but yet he's got a veteran outfielder next to him that he can work with as well. So just work together, and they do."

    The Mets can sweep the three-game series Sunday after going 11-8 last season against the Nationals, including a 6-3 mark in the nation's capital.

    Callaway said reliever Seth Lugo would not be available Sunday after appearing in the first two games of the season, throwing 41 pitches Saturday. Young hitters such as rookie first baseman Pete Alonso (three hits, two RBIs Saturday) and Jeff McNeil (four hits, two RBIs) have stepped up.

    "He is more comfortably, obviously," Callaway said of McNeil, who started in left field Saturday. "Getting some success at the major league level. He is relaxed and has confidence in his defense. He puts together good at-bats."

    McNeil played in 63 games last season while Alonso made the team this season out of spring training.

    "We felt they would come up and contribute," Callaway said. "It is good to see (Alonso) more comfortable. You have to continue to battle. It paid off today. Those seven runs we scored in the last two innings became a huge factor in this game."


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    • #3


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      MARCH: The Mets have tied their franchise record for wins in March with two (set last year)...New York is 7-3 all-time in March.

      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have started the year 2-0 for the second straight year...Prior to 2018, the last time the Mets began the season 2-0 was in 2013.

      VS. WASHINGTON: After winning the first two games of this series, the Mets will go for the sweep today...The last time New York swept the Nationals in Washington was April 5-8, 2018...The Mets are 8-3 at Washington since 2018.

      FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Mets have scored in the first-inning in both games this year...New York has plated four first-inning runs this season.

      PETE ALONSO: Collected his first major league RBI yesterday with his second-inning RBI double...He also had his first extra base hit...Alonso finished 3-4 with two RBI...Alonso led all minor leaguers in homers (36) and RBI (119) last year.

      JEFF McNEIL: Tied his career-high with four hits yesterday...His last four-hit game came on September 23, 2018 at Washington...McNeil has four, four-hit games in his first 65 major league games...Since 1908, he is one of 13 players to have four games with four or more hits within his first 65 major league games.

      FROM ELIAS: Michael Conforto who turned 26 years old on March 1, had 76 career home runs entering this season...The only players in team history with more home runs before turning 26 were Darryl Strawberry (147) and David Wright (130).

      WHEELZ UP: Zack Wheeler went 10-1 with a 1.96 ERA (18 earned runs/82.2 innings) over his final 12 starts dating to July 14, 2018...Wheeler was second in the majors in ERA from July 14, 2018 through the end the year, behind Jacob deGrom (1.73)...Minimum 75.0 innings...Wheeler was tied for the major league lead with nine wins and had the third-lowest ERA in the majors (1.68) after the All-Star break last season...The last Mets pitcher to have nine or more wins following the All-Star break was Steve Trachsel in 2001 (nine)...Had a 0.69 homer per nine innings rate in 2018, the fourth-lowest mark in the majors.

      FROM ELIAS II: Edwin Díaz, who turned 25 years old on March 22, had 109 saves in the major leagues entering this season, the second most before a player’s 25th birthday, behind Roberto Osuna (116).

      MORE DÍAZ: Has saves in each of the Mets first two games of the year...He became the fourth reliever in franchise history to pick up saves in each of the first two games of the year, joining Frank Fransisco (2012), Francisco Rodriguez (2009) and Jesse Orosco (1987)....Fransisco is the only reliever in team history to save each of the team's first three games of a season...Díaz has converted 12 straight save opportunities dating to August 20, 2018...He was the 2018 AL Reliever of the Year after registering 57 saves.

      ON THE ROAD: Dating back to September 1, 2018, the Mets are 11-6 on the road, including 5-1 at Washington...Last year, New York finished the year 40-41 on the road...The Mets ranked sixth in the majors with 402 runs on the road in 2018...New York was second in the majors with a .331 OBP away from Citi Field.

      TOP FIVE: The Mets are hitting .268 as a team over the first two games of the year, ranking fourth in the majors.

      STREAK SNAPPED: The Mets allowed a run in the first-inning on Saturday which ended the team's scoreless streak at 33.0 innings dating to September 28, 2018...It was the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

      ROBINSON CANÓ: Became the 10th player to hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Mets when he went deep off Max Scherzer in the first inning on Thursday...The last to do so was Mike Jacobs on August 21, 2005 (first ML at-bat)...Canó became the fourth Mets second baseman to hit a homer on Opening Day, joining Kazuo Matsui (2015), Jeff Kent (1994) and Charlie Neal (1962).

      WILSON RAMOS: Returns to Nationals Park after spending 2010-2016 with Washington...Ramos hit 83 homers, 90 doubles and had 320 RBI in 578 games with the Nationals...Ramos is a .281 (286-1,018) hitter with 41 home runs at Nationals Park.

      BULLPEN: New York's bullpen has not allowed an earned in 6.0 innings and struck out eight batters...They surrendered four unearned runs on Saturday...Last year New York's bullpen had a 4.96 ERA, the highest in franchise history.

      50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1969 METS: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Miracle Mets...The 1969 Mets captured the hearts of baseball fans across the world when they beat the Braves in the NLCS and then topped the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles in five games in the World Series...The Mets will celebrate their historic achievement all season long...The highlight of the year will be a weekend celebration, June 28-30 vs. Atlanta when members of the team will return to Queens.

      MASS TRANSIT: The Mets would to like to encourage fans to take mass transit to Citi Field for the Mets Home Opener, Thursday, April 4 vs. Washington...Mass Transit is the fastest and greenest way to Citi Field...The Mets Home Opener is sold out...Taking mass transit is the easiest way to the game.
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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Nimmo popped out to left fielder Soto. Alonso singled to right. Canó struck out. Davis flied out to center fielder Robles.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Nationals first. Eaton singled to left. Turner struck out. Rendon walked on a full count, Eaton to second. On catcher Nido's throwing error, Eaton to third. Soto struck out. Zimmerman grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Canó unassisted, Rendon out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Conforto flied out to center fielder Robles. Rosario flied out to center fielder Robles. Broxton walked on a full count. Broxton stole second. Nido flied out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Nationals second. Gomes grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Dozier grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Alonso. Corbin struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Wheeler grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman Zimmerman. Nimmo singled to right. Alonso doubled to center, Nimmo scored. Canó grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman Zimmerman, Alonso to third. Davis grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 3:
        Nationals third. Robles doubled to left. Eaton singled to center, Robles to third. Turner homered to left on the first pitch, Robles scored, Eaton scored. Rendon grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Soto popped out to left fielder Nimmo. Zimmerman struck out.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Conforto struck out. Rosario lined out to right fielder Eaton. Broxton hit an infield single to third. Broxton stole second. Nido struck out, catcher Gomes to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Nationals fourth. Gomes struck out. Dozier grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Corbin struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Wheeler struck out. Nimmo lined out to left fielder Soto. Alonso walked on a full count. Canó flied out to left fielder Soto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Nationals fifth. Robles flied out to right fielder Conforto. Eaton singled to center. Turner grounded into fielder's choice, pitcher Wheeler to shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Eaton out. Turner stole second. Rendon singled to center, Turner scored. Soto struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Davis doubled to left. Conforto singled to right, Davis to third. Rosario grounded into a double play, second baseman Dozier to shortstop Turner to first baseman Zimmerman, Davis scored, Conforto out. Broxton singled to center. Nido grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman Zimmerman.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 6:
        Nationals sixth. Gsellman pitching. Lagares in as center fielder. Zimmerman flied out to right fielder Conforto. Gomes doubled to left. Dozier flied out to left fielder Nimmo. Stevenson pinch-hitting for Corbin. Stevenson was hit by a pitch. Robles doubled to left, Gomes scored, Stevenson to third. Eaton struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Miller pitching. Lagares struck out. Nimmo struck out. Alonso lined out to right fielder Eaton.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Nationals seventh. Turner popped out to second baseman Canó. Rendon singled to left. Avilán pitching. Soto struck out. Zimmerman singled to left, Rendon to second. Peterson pitching. McNeil in as left fielder. Gomes flied out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Sipp pitching. Canó singled to right. Davis popped out to second baseman Dozier. Conforto singled to center, Canó to third. Rosenthal pitching. Rosario singled to center, Canó scored, Conforto to second. Doolittle pitching. Adams in as first baseman. McNeil struck out. Ramos pinch-hitting for Nido. Ramos singled to left, Conforto scored, Rosario to third. Lagares singled to center, Rosario scored, Ramos to second. Smith pinch-hitting for Peterson. Smith popped out to third baseman Rendon.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 5

        Bottom of 8:
        Nationals eighth. Wilson pitching. Ramos in as catcher. Dozier grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Adams struck out, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso. Robles struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Alonso grounded out, second baseman Dozier to first baseman Adams. Canó singled to center. Davis struck out. Conforto popped out to third baseman Rendon.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 9:
        Nationals ninth. Eaton flied out to right fielder Conforto. Turner homered to left on a full count.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

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        • #5


          Turner Hits 2 Homers as Nationals Beat Mets 6-5 for 1st Win



          by DAVID GINSBURG

          WASHINGTON -- Still striving for their first win of the season, the Washington Nationals blew a three-run lead in the eighth inning and were locked in a tie game when Trea Turner came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.

          Nationals manager Dave Martinez seemingly knew what was coming, so he didn't bother to look.

          Turner hit a drive into the left-field seats, his second home run of the game, to carry Washington past the New York Mets 6-5 on Sunday.

          "Actually, I didn't even watch it," Martinez said. "I said, `I'm not going to watch, and when this ball goes over the wall we'll all celebrate.' And that's how it went down."

          Turner earlier hit a three-run homer and also scored in the fifth to put Washington up 4-1. The Nationals let a 5-2 lead evaporate in the eighth before Turner ended it with a drive off Justin Wilson (1-1) that landed in the second row.

          "It wasn't the way we scripted it, but we'll take it," Martinez said.

          Left-hander Patrick Corbin gave up two runs, seven hits and two walks over six innings in his Washington debut.

          After losing twice to New York, the Nationals avoided being swept in an opening series for the first time in a decade.

          "I was thinking, we finally got our first win," Turner said. "We played pretty decent at times in the last three days, but to finally close one out was good."

          Mets manager Mickey Callaway went through four pitchers before going to Wilson, who worked the eighth and got one out in the ninth before Turner connected on a 3-2 pitch.

          "I knew there was a chance I would be in there late, with who had been used and stuff like that," Wilson said. "All I say is, good job by Trea and missed location by me."

          During the postgame interview Turner deftly avoided the traditional Gatorade bath, which would have been downright chilling on a windy, raw day.

          "It's way too cold," he said. "As you guys know, I'm a baby when it comes to cold."

          Sean Doolittle (1-0) got the win despite allowing successive RBI singles in the New York eighth.

          Corbin spent six seasons in Arizona before signing a $140 million, six-year deal with the Nationals, who hope he can fill out a rotation centered around stars Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

          The starting rotation won't matter if the bullpen can't deliver. After giving up seven runs in two innings on Saturday, Washington relievers frittered away a three-run cushion in the eighth.

          Tony Sipp allowed two hits, Trevor Rosenthal yielded a run-scoring single to Amed Rosario, and pinch-hitters Wilson Ramos and Juan Lagares hit two-out RBI singles off Doolittle to tie it.

          That enabled Mets starter Zack Wheeler to avoid taking the loss. He gave up four runs in five innings.

          The Mets were bidding to go 3-0 for the first time since 2012, when they won their first four games. They'll settle for 2-1.

          "Any series win is great," Wilson said. "We came in here and did that."

          SMOOTH GLOVE

          With the score 4-1 in the sixth, New York opened with successive singles to put runners on the corners. Nationals second baseman Brian Dozier subsequently snagged Rosario's grounder up the middle and made a backhand flip to Turner to start a 4-6-3 double play .

          HARPER RETURNS

          Bryce Harper returns to Washington on Tuesday with his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

          "I haven't talked to him since he signed but hopefully the fans go crazy for him because he did a lot for us here and he had a good career here," Turner said. "Now we've got to get him out. So it begins, I guess."

          Harper played seven years in Washington before signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: RHP Seth Lugo was unavailable after throwing 41 pitches Saturday. ... 3B-LF Jeff McNeil, a left-handed hitter, was not in the starting lineup against Corbin after getting four hits Saturday. McNeil entered in the seventh inning.

          Nationals: Rosenthal pitched one day after returning from Tommy John surgery Saturday in his first appearance since August 2017. He threw only one pitch, and still hasn't retired a batter this season.

          UP NEXT

          Mets: LHP Steven Matz makes his 2019 debut Monday in the opener of a three-game series against the Marlins. Matz has won his last three starts in Miami.

          Nationals: Scherzer (0-1, 2.35 ERA) faces the Phillies on Tuesday, giving him two starts in Washington's first four games.


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          • #6
            About as good as I could have hoped for heading into the series... disappointed coming out of the series... funny how that works

            Some decent run production out there, and some good fight there after the Nats tied it up against Thor and then again when losing late on Sunday.

            Hopefully a sign of whats to come? If so, I like our chances to compete.

            PS: I don't blame Mickey for the two choices he's getting lambasted for.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NY FANG View Post
              About as good as I could have hoped for heading into the series... disappointed coming out of the series... funny how that works

              Some decent run production out there, and some good fight there after the Nats tied it up against Thor and then again when losing late on Sunday.

              Hopefully a sign of whats to come? If so, I like our chances to compete.

              PS: I don't blame Mickey for the two choices he's getting lambasted for.
              It was a great series.

              But like April, there is no pennant for being on top of the division at the end of the month.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Drucifer View Post

                It was a great series.

                But like April, there is no pennant for being on top of the division at the end of the month.
                count just as much now as in September and winning April makes it that much easier to win September.

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