The New York Mets and Washington Nationals will look to ignite their sputtering offenses at the other’s expense on Monday when the National League East rivals open a three-game series in the nation’s capital. New York mustered its only offense in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 5-2 setback to the Atlanta Braves, falling to 4-5 with only 24 runs scored in that nine-game stretch.
Wilmer Flores had a run-scoring single on Sunday and is 4-for-10 with two RBIs in his last three games after a 3-for-29 stretch in his previous 11. The Mets have split their first six encounters with first-place Washington, which scored just 20 runs during a season-high seven-game losing skid before collecting only four hits in a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday. The Nationals hope their offense gets untracked by beginning a stretch of 19 of their next 23 contests in their own ballpark – starting with the opener of a 10-game homestand on Monday. Daniel Murphy went 0-for-4 in the finale versus the Brewers, but is a blistering 10-for-23 with two homers and six RBIs in six games versus his former team this season.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SNY (New York), MASN (Washington)
Mets – SP N. Syndergaard (Probable Monday, elbow), RP J. Henderson (15-Day DL, bicep), CF J. Lagares (15-Day DL, thumb), 3B D. Wright (15-Day DL, neck), 1B L. Duda (15-Day DL, back).
Nationals – RP J. Papelbon (15-Day DL, ribs).
WEATHER REPORT: There is a 60 percent chance of rain and a threat of developing thunderstorms this evening in Washington, D.C. Gametime temperatures will be in the mid-80’s with high humidity and there will be a 5-10 mph breeze blowing out to left field.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 2.08 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Joe Ross (6-4, 3.11)
Syndergaard won his second straight start and improved to 6-0 in his last nine appearances on Wednesday after allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings versus Kansas City. The 23-year-old fireballer exited that contest after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right elbow, but an MRI returned clean, so manager Terry Collins and company feel Syndergaard is ready to face the Nationals for the second time this season. The Texas native improved to 2-0 versus Washington in his career after scattering five hits and striking out 10 in seven strong innings in a 2-0 win on May 17.
Ross looks to continue his strong stretch on Monday as Washington is shuffling its rotation with ace Stephen Strasburg (upper back strain) on the disabled list. The 23-year-old owns a 3-0 mark in his last six starts but settled for a no-decision versus the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday despite allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The home-run ball has plagued Ross, as he has been taken deep in four straight and eight of his last nine outings.
* Mets are 23-4 in their last 27 Monday games.
* Mets are 6-1 in Syndergaard’s last 7 starts with 4 days of rest.
* Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. National League East.
* Nationals are 1-7 in their last 8 overall.
* Nationals are 5-1 in Ross’ last 6 starts.
* Over is 5-0 in Syndergaard’s last 5 starts overall.
* Over is 6-0 in Nationals last 6 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
* Over is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings in Washington.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The visiting New York Mets are slight favorites in today’s Game of the Day and the public is favoring them early in the day at 57 percent. In totals wagering, Under 7.0 has a slight edge with the public with 52 percent of the picks. View full consensus data here.
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