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  • Mets @ Nationals: 09/02 1:05 PM ET; SNY, MASN; WCBS, ESPN, WJFK

    GAME 137, ROAD GAME 73

    Monday, 2nd September
    1:05 PM ET
    Nationals Park









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    Mets Aim to Cool Off Surging Nationals

    WASHINGTON -- The New York Mets, who had lost six straight games before taking two of three from the host Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, aren't ready to give up on making the playoffs as a National League wild-card team.

    On Monday afternoon, the Mets will visit the Washington Nationals, who have won four straight games and own the best record in the majors since May 24.

    The hot streak has positioned the Nationals atop the NL wild-card standings, making them one of five teams the Mets are chasing for two postseason berths.

    New York is led by first baseman Pete Alonso, who slugged the 43rd homer of his season Sunday in the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Phillies and is the front-runner for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Alonso already owns the NL rookie homer record, and he holds the single-season home run record for all Mets players.

    Another Mets standout is Wilson Ramos, who has a career-best 25-game hit streak. Among players who primarily play catcher, it is the fourth-longest hit streak in major league history. Ramos is closing in on Benito Santiago's record of 34 set in 1987.

    "I feel awfully good at the plate," said Ramos, who is also chasing Sandy Alomar Jr. (30 games) and John Flaherty (27 games).

    Washington is led by its Nos. 3-4 hitters: third baseman Anthony Rendon and left fielder Juan Soto.

    Rendon is hitting .337 with 32 home runs and a Nationals-record 111 RBIs after hitting a two-run homer Sunday in Washington's 9-3 win over the visiting Miami Marlins.

    Soto, who also belted a two-run shot Sunday, is hitting .298 with 31 homers and 95 RBIs.

    Both players have helped change Washington's fortunes after a 19-31 start.

    "When we started enjoying the game and joking in the dugout, that's when everything changed," Soto said. "Dancing after homers -- it's amazing."

    Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 4.14 ERA) will try to ensure the Nationals don't dance on Monday as he will be opposed by fellow right-hander Joe Ross (3-3, 5.36).

    Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA in four starts against Washington this year, but he is coming off a nightmarish outing. After eight straight quality starts, Syndergaard allowed a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. He gave up nine hits and three homers in three innings.

    Meanwhile, this will be Ross' first start against the Mets this year. In four relief appearances, however, he has a 10.80 ERA in 3 1/3 innings.

    Ross has been inactive for a while. His last appearance was on Aug. 24, when he lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs, allowing two runs on six hits with four walks in a no-decision.

    Both teams fortified their rosters on Sunday.

    Among Washington's biggest moves were activating first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who then homered Sunday, and reliever Sean Doolittle, who has 28 saves this season. Zimmerman had a right foot injury. Doolittle had a right knee injury.

    New York activated Brandon Nimmo, who can play all three outfield spots but had been out since May 20 due to a neck injury. He walked and scored a run as a pinch hitter on Sunday.

    Nimmo had a breakout season last year with 28 doubles, eight triples, 17 homers, a .404 on-base percentage and an .886 OPS.

    It's also possible that Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, who has been out due to a torn left hamstring, will be activated in time for Monday's game. He has been out since Aug. 4.

    As for Nimmo, he said he had begun to doubt he would ever play again.

    "To be back without pain and full range of motion," Nimmo said, "I'm excited."

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      • The Wild Card-leading Nationals have lost six of their last seven games against the Mets and are 6-10 in the season series. They are 28-14 against the rest of the NL East. Washington pitchers have a 5.27 ERA against New York compared to a 4.15 against the rest of the division.
      • The Nationals have won 11 of 13, totaling 101 runs in those victories and one combined run in those two defeats. They've plated 135 runs in their last 16 games, the franchise's most runs over a 16-game span and the most in a season by any team over a 16-game stretch since the Yankees scored 151 in 2007.
      • Anthony Rendon has a .550/.627/1.025 slash line in his last 11 games with five homers, four doubles, 14 RBI, 13 runs and nine walks. The last player to have at least 22 hits, with nine going for extra bases in addition to nine walks over an 11-game span in a single season was Bryce Harper for the Nats in his 2015 MVP season.
      • Pete Alonso, who added to his Mets single-season record with his 43rd homer on Sunday, has reached base safely in 27 straight games, the longest active streak in MLB. It is also the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Justin Turner reached base safely in 28 games in a row in 2011.
      • Since joining the Nats in 2015, Max Scherzer is 8-5 with a 2.40 ERA with 152 strikeouts in 16 starts against the Mets. His strikeout total is the most by any pitcher against the Mets since 2015.
      • Jacob deGrom, who starts opposite Scherzer on Tuesday, is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 11 starts against the Nats since 2017. His ERA is the lowest by any pitcher against Washington since 2017 (min. six starts).
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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil grounded out, first baseman M.Adams to pitcher J.Ross. Alonso struck out. Conforto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Nationals first. Turner singled to left. Eaton lined out to right fielder Conforto. Rendon lined out to right fielder Conforto. Turner stole second. Soto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Davis singled to center. Nimmo walked on a full count, Davis to second. Rosario lined out to right fielder Eaton. Panik doubled to center, Davis scored, Nimmo to third. R.Rivera singled to right, Nimmo scored, Panik to third. Syndergaard struck out. McNeil grounded out, pitcher J.Ross to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 2:
          Nationals second. A.Cabrera struck out. M.Adams struck out. Robles grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Parra in as right fielder. Alonso popped out to second baseman A.Cabrera. Conforto flied out to right fielder Parra. Davis singled to right. Nimmo walked, Davis to second. Rosario grounded out, pitcher J.Ross to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Nationals third. Gomes struck out. J.Ross struck out. Turner struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Panik flied out to left fielder Soto. R.Rivera walked. Syndergaard struck out. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch, R.Rivera scored. Alonso singled to center. Conforto singled to left, Alonso to second. On left fielder Soto's fielding error, Alonso to third, Conforto to second. Davis doubled to left, Alonso scored, Conforto scored. Voth pitching. Nimmo doubled to right, Davis scored. Rosario struck out.
          Runs: 5, Hits: 5

          Bottom of 4:
          Nationals fourth. Parra struck out. Rendon grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso. Soto grounded out, third baseman McNeil to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. Panik grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman M.Adams. R.Rivera singled to center. Syndergaard struck out. McNeil flied out to right fielder Parra.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Nationals fifth. A.Cabrera struck out. M.Adams lined out to right fielder Conforto. Robles grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Alonso lined out to right fielder Parra. Conforto struck out. Davis struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 6:
          Nationals sixth. Gomes grounded out, catcher R.Rivera to first baseman Alonso. Stevenson pinch-hitting for Voth. Stevenson singled to center. Turner struck out. Parra grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Fedde pitching. Nimmo lined out to left fielder Soto. Rosario lined out to center fielder Robles. Panik grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Nationals seventh. Rendon doubled to left. Soto popped out to third baseman McNeil. On Syndergaard's wild pitch, Rendon to third. A.Cabrera struck out. M.Adams grounded out, second baseman Panik to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. R.Rivera grounded out, shortstop Turner to first baseman M.Adams. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Syndergaard. Guillorme walked on four pitches. McNeil walked on four pitches, Guillorme to second. Alonso struck out. Conforto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Nationals eighth. Bashlor pitching. Robles struck out. Gomes flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Dozier pinch-hitting for Fedde. Dozier popped out to center fielder Nimmo.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Rainey pitching. Davis struck out. Nimmo struck out. Rosario singled to center. Panik grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman M.Adams.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 9:
          Nationals ninth. Davis in as left fielder. Turner singled to center. Parra flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Rendon walked, Turner to second. Soto flied out to right fielder Conforto. A.Cabrera homered to center on a 1-1 count, Turner scored, Rendon scored. Díaz pitching. M.Adams struck out.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 2

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            Syndergaard Strikes Out 10 as Mets Handle Nationals, 7-3

            WASHINGTON -- Noah Syndergaard had far too much time to dwell on allowing 10 runs in his last start. One thought, in particular, continued to surface.

            "I wanted to make sure that never happened again," the New York Mets right-hander said.

            There was never a hint it would Monday as Syndergaard pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 10 while the Mets handled the Washington Nationals 7-3.

            Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer for New York, which played a holiday afternoon game about 15 hours after falling at Philadelphia on Sunday night. The Mets remained four games behind the Chicago Cubs for the NL's second wild-card spot.

            The loss ended Washington's four-game winning streak and denied the Nationals from moving 20 games over .500 for the first time this season. Syndergaard was the easily the biggest reason, allowing three hits without a walk in his first start since yielding that career-high 10 runs against the Cubs on Wednesday.

            "He was real good, I mean real good," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "He got us to chase the ball up. Threw a lot more breaking balls than I've seen (him) throw before."

            Syndergaard (10-7) allowed a leadoff single to Trea Turner, then retired the next 16 batters. It was Syndergaard's third 10-strikeout performance of the season and the 17th of his career.

            Syndergaard needed only 90 pitches to make it through the seventh. It was the sixth time in seven starts he pitched at least six innings and allowed two runs or less.

            "Today was vintage Noah," Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said. "This is what he's extremely capable of on an everytime-he-goes-out-there basis. He was hitting his spots, and with the stuff he has when he's hitting his spots, good luck up there."

            McNeil was mired in a career-worst 0-for-15 slump before sending Joe Ross' two-out sinker into the seats in right-center field in the fourth inning. That ignited a five-run rally which included J.D. Davis' two-run double to chase Ross (3-4) and Nimmo's RBI double to greet reliever Austin Voth that made it 7-0.

            New York took a 2-0 lead in the second on Joe Panik's RBI double and Rene Rivera's run-scoring single.

            Ross allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. He surrendered three runs in 25 2/3 innings in five starts in August.

            Washington avoided the shutout when former Met Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth off reliever Tyler Bashlor.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Mets: Nimmo (neck) made his first start since May 19 after spending more than three months on the injured list, but is not expected to immediately resume everyday duties. "We're not exactly sure how much stress all the guys can take at this point," manager Mickey Callaway said. "To bring Nimmo back and start him every day of the week would be pretty tough." Nimmo was 1 for 3 with two walks Monday.

            Nationals: OF Adam Eaton (bruised knee) started for the first time since getting hit by a pitch Wednesday, but left after two innings and will undergo an MRI exam. "Just standing still, it got tight," Martinez said. "What got me nervous was he said it was more the back of his knee, which is a hamstring deal. So I didn't want to take any chances."


            It was a good enough day for the bleary-eyed Mets that Callaway could pull a prank on Wilson Ramos, who owns a 25-game hitting streak and was out of the lineup after catching Sunday night.

            "I had (Jacob) deGrom go up to him when we were up 7-0 and tell him to get ready," Callaway said. "When he's not playing, we'll use him to win a game or get back into a game and he understands that. But we have to be smart. We understand that we like that he has his hitting streak going."

            UP NEXT

            Mets: DeGrom (8-8, 2.66 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA in three starts against Washington this season, gets the nod.

            Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.46) has a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings over two starts since returning from the injured list last month.

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