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  • Nationals @ Mets: 05/20 7:10 PM ET; SNY, MASN2; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK



    GAME 46, HOME GAME 18

    Monday, 20th May,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





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    Cold Bats, Hot Seats the Story as Nats Visit Mets



    -- Managers are rarely the focal point of a baseball series, especially one between two longtime rivals expected to battle each other for a division title this season. But the New York Mets and Washington Nationals are both a long way from looking like contenders, which is why Mickey Callaway and Dave Martinez are likely to be in the uncomfortable spotlight Monday night when the Mets host the Nationals in the opener of a four-game series.

    Mets right-hander Drew Gagnon (1-0, 4.09 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the season when he opposes Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.91).

    Both teams continued their extended funks Sunday, when the Mets suffered a 3-0 loss to the host Miami Marlins and the Nationals fell to the visiting Chicago Cubs 6-5.

    The loss was the fifth in a row for the Mets, who became the first team since 2017 to be swept by the Marlins. Miami, which began the weekend on pace to lose the most games in baseball history, allowed just three hits in the final two games -- the first time New York has been held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games since 1967.

    On Sunday, the Mets sent 28 batters to the plate against Sandy Alcantara, who allowed two hits -- both to J.D. Davis -- but induced Robinson Cano to hit into a double play following each single. The other runner came via walk.

    The anemic performance against the Marlins increased the temperature on Callaway's already-hot seat to something approaching scalding. Several local and national reports indicated Sunday evening that Callaway's job was safe for the time being, but the Wilpon family -- owner of the Mets -- is notoriously fickle and prone to making moves it believes will appease the fan base, so Callaway won't be entirely safe for Monday until he takes out the lineup card.

    Callaway insisted all weekend he's not worried about his job status and reaffirmed his faith the Mets can turn their season around.

    "I believe in these guys, it's the same group that we left spring training with that we believed in," Callaway told reporters. "I think that we've got to get these guys rolling. Now, I understand that everybody's disappointed -- the fans, the ownership, myself, the team, because this is not who we are. We have to figure out who we are. I truly don't believe this is the type of team we are. But we've got to go out there and show it."

    Martinez's seat is a little cooler than Callaway's, thanks in part to the Nationals jump-starting the Mets' losing streak by taking the final two games of a three-game series in Washington last Wednesday and Thursday. Washington also has easier excuses to make for its underperformance -- namely an injured list that features eight players and a bullpen that has produced a major league-worst 6.60 ERA.

    Still, managing the Nationals is never a very safe gig in the best of times -- Martinez replaced Dusty Baker after Baker won consecutive NL East crowns in his only two seasons at the helm -- and general manager Mike Rizzo has already fired pitching coach Derek Lilliquist.

    "I come to the ballpark every day expecting to win," Martinez told The Athletic before Friday's series opener against the Cubs. "I've said this before: We have 25 players on the roster who are available. We try to use all 25 players the best we can. They understand they have a job to do. I never fault anything on injuries."

    The game Monday will pit two pitchers who opposed each other in separate roles in the Nationals' 5-1 win last Wednesday. Gagnon, who is starting Monday in place of the injured Jason Vargas, tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Corbin earned the victory by allowing the one run and tying a season-high 11 strikeouts over a season-high eight innings.

    Gagnon is 1-0 in two appearances spanning 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the Nationals. Corbin is 2-4 with a 4.39 ERA in 12 career games (11 starts) against the Mets.

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      • The Nationals dropped two of three to the Cubs at home despite scoring no fewer than five runs in any of the three games. Washington allowed 31 hits in the series, its second most in any three-game set this season, trailing only the 32 it allowed in its season-opening matchup with the Mets.
      • The Mets were swept in Miami in their most recent series, and have lost five in a row overall. The Marlins entered the series against the Mets with a 10-31 (.244) record, the fifth-lowest record entering an eventual sweep since 1900 (min. 40 games into season, min. three games in series).
      • The Nationals have gone 5-4 against the Mets this season, and took two of three on their first visit to Citi Field. Washington has gone 9-2 against NL East teams this season when scoring at least five runs compared to 1-8 in such games when scoring fewer than five.
      • Anthony Rendon has posted a 1.265 OPS versus the Mets this season while Victor Robles has a 1.193 mark. This ranks Rendon and Robles fourth and fifth, respectively, among NL hitters for highest OPS versus a single opponent this season (min. 35 PA).
      • Pete Alonso has hit 14 home runs in his first 45 games as a Met, tying him with Richard Hidalgo for the third most in franchise history. Alonso trails only Yoenis Cespedes (17) and Carlos Delgado (15).
      • Patrick Corbin has struck out 69 batters in his first nine starts as a National. Max Scherzer holds the franchise record with 85 strikeouts in his first 10 starts with the Nationals, and Corbin additionally trails only Gio Gonzalez (79), Stephen Strabsurg (79), Mark Langston (79) and Pedro Martinez (70).
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          Top of 1:
          Nationals first. Turner doubled to center. Eaton struck out. Rendon walked on a full count. Soto flied out to right fielder C.Gómez, Turner to third. Kendrick struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Parra. Rosario homered to center on a 0-2 count. Davis struck out, catcher Gomes to first baseman Parra. Alonso homered to left on a 1-2 count. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman Parra.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 2:
          Nationals second. Parra grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso. Robles flied out to center fielder Lagares. Gomes struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Frazier singled to center. C.Gómez flied out to left fielder Soto. Lagares struck out. Font singled to right, Frazier to second. McNeil flied out to right fielder Eaton.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 2

          Top of 3:
          Nationals third. Corbin walked. Turner flied out to right fielder C.Gómez. Eaton grounded into a double play, second baseman McNeil to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Corbin out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. Rosario walked on a full count. Davis popped out to second baseman Kendrick. Alonso struck out. Ramos walked on four pitches, Rosario to second. Frazier singled to center, Rosario scored, Ramos to second. C.Gómez doubled to center, Ramos scored, Frazier to third. Lagares was intentionally walked. Font struck out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 4:
          Nationals fourth. Rendon homered to left on a 0-1 count. Soto lined out to second baseman McNeil. Kendrick grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Parra walked on four pitches. On Font's wild pitch, Parra to second. Robles walked. Gomes singled to center, Parra scored, Robles to second. Corbin grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Font.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

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

          Top of 5:
          Nationals fifth. Gagnon pitching. Turner popped out to first baseman Alonso. Eaton grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Gagnon. Rendon walked on a full count. Soto flied out to right fielder C.Gómez.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Alonso flied out to center fielder Robles. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman Parra. Frazier struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Nationals sixth. Kendrick struck out. Parra grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso. Robles struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Rainey pitching. C.Gómez struck out. Lagares flied out to right fielder Eaton. Canó pinch-hitting for Gagnon. Canó doubled to center. McNeil grounded out, third baseman Rendon to first baseman Parra.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 7:
          Nationals seventh. Familia pitching. Gomes singled to left. Dozier pinch-hitting for Rainey. Dozier popped out to shortstop Rosario. Turner grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso, Gomes out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. J.Ross pitching. Rosario struck out. Davis grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Parra. Alonso was hit by a pitch. Ramos struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Nationals eighth. Nimmo in as left fielder. Eaton struck out. Rendon doubled to right. Zamora pitching. Soto singled to center, Rendon scored. Gsellman pitching. Kendrick lined out to left fielder Nimmo. Parra grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Frazier struck out. C.Gómez remained at bat on foul pop fielding error by first baseman Parra. C.Gómez walked on a full count. On pickoff attempt, throwing error by pitcher J.Ross, C.Gómez to second. Lagares grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Parra, C.Gómez to third. Smith pinch-hitting for Gsellman. Sipp pitching. Smith singled to center, C.Gómez scored. McNeil grounded out, second baseman Kendrick to first baseman Parra.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 9:
          Nationals ninth. Díaz pitching. Smith in as first baseman. Robles was hit by a pitch. Gomes singled to right, Robles to second. Taylor pinch-running for Gomes. Suzuki pinch-hitting for Sipp. Suzuki flied out to left fielder Nimmo. Turner grounded into fielder's choice, first baseman Smith to shortstop Rosario, Robles to third, Taylor out. Eaton flied out to left fielder Nimmo.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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            Mets Snap 5-Game Skid with 5-3 Win Over Nationals


            by MIKE FITZPATRICK

            -- Once they were informed no change was imminent in the dugout, the New York Mets looked a lot more relaxed at the plate.

            Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the first inning as the Mets, after learning embattled manager Mickey Callaway is staying around, broke out of their offensive funk to beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Monday night.

            "I'm really happy that we rose to the occasion today," Alonso said. "I think he deserves to be our manager. He's a great leader and we love playing for him."

            Carlos Gomez cracked an RBI double off the wall for his first Mets hit in 12 years, and Todd Frazier had a run-scoring single to help New York (21-25) stop a five-game losing streak.

            After the Mets built a 4-0 lead in the third against Patrick Corbin, fill-in starter Wilmer Font and five relievers held off the rival Nationals in the opener of a four-game series.

            "The at-bats were obviously way more quality," Callaway said. "Great pitcher out there, one of the best in the game, and we grinded it out."

            Anthony Rendon homered again and Yan Gomes had three hits for Washington, including an RBI single. Juan Soto also singled home a run to make it 4-3 before Robert Gsellman got out of the eighth.

            Corbin (4-2) was tagged for four runs and six hits over five innings. The $140 million lefty, who has faced the Mets four times in 10 starts this season, struck out 11 in a 5-1 victory against them at home last Wednesday.

            "They made me battle all night," Corbin said. "They've seen me a lot. I've seen them a lot. Tonight they got me. Just made a couple mistakes, wasn't as sharp as I've been."

            Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth on the first pitch from left-hander Tony Sipp, who came off the injured list earlier in the day.

            Font, pitching in place of injured Jason Vargas, was told he was starting when he arrived at the ballpark. He lasted four innings before Drew Gagnon (2-0) tossed two hitless innings. Edwin Diaz pitched out of trouble in a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 11 tries.

            "It was super important to get home and to get that first victory out of the way," Font said through a translator.

            Before the game, with questions intensifying about Callaway's job security early in his second season as skipper, the Mets front office held a meeting with players and coaches to declare support for the staff.

            After that, a players-only meeting was led by veterans.

            "Mickey is our manager now. Mickey is our manager going forward," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said at a news conference attended by chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

            The Mets had lost 21 of 32 games overall, including all three at major league-worst Miami over the weekend - becoming the first team to get swept by the lowly Marlins since 2017. New York totaled only three hits in consecutive shutouts Saturday and Sunday, the first time the club was held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games since 1967.

            "We're not looking to blame a manager," Van Wagenen said. "He has our full support to lead this team for the foreseeable future."

            It took all of six batters for the Mets to get three hits Monday.

            Rosario's homer to straightaway center field on Corbin's fourth pitch, an 0-2 fastball, snapped a 19-inning scoreless stretch. Alonso hit his 15th home run two batters later, matching Ron Swoboda (1965) for most by a Mets rookie before the All-Star break.

            "That was great," Frazier said. "Kind of came together today, talked about a few things, got a few things off our chest. We felt good going into today's game."

            ON A TEAR

            Rendon is 12 for 25 (.480) with three homers, five doubles, eight RBIs and 10 runs in his last seven games. He has homered in two straight games and three of his past four.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Nationals: Sipp was reinstated from the 10-day IL after missing 11 games with a strained oblique. The team also designated LHP Dan Jennings for assignment and claimed RHP Javy Guerra off waivers from Toronto. The Nationals hope Guerra will join them Tuesday. ... 1B Ryan Zimmerman (plantar fascitis) felt less sore than he expected after running Sunday, according to manager Dave Martinez. Zimmerman was scheduled to do some baseball activities Monday.

            Mets: Right-handed reliever Seth Lugo was placed on the 10-day IL with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. The team selected the contract of left-hander Hector Santiago from Triple-A Syracuse and transferred infielder Jed Lowrie to the 60-day IL. ... Van Wagenen said OF Michael Conforto, on the seven-day concussion list, has been symptom-free for three days.

            UP NEXT

            Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (0-0, 3.38 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start of the season Tuesday night after five relief appearances. Fedde will pitch in place of injured Anibal Sanchez.

            Mets: Zack Wheeler (3-3, 4.85) tries to rebound from a 7-6 loss in Washington last Thursday, when he gave up a career-high 11 hits over six innings. Wheeler is 4-10 with a 5.27 ERA in 16 starts against the Nationals, including 0-2 with a 9.77 ERA in three outings this year.

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