Murphy has tormented his former team by hitting safely in each of the
nine meetings this season. The 30-year-old looks to continue his hot
hand on Thursday as his Washington Nationals invade Citi Field for the
opener of a four-game showdown versus the National League East-rival New
Murphy is a blistering 15-for-35 with four homers and
11 RBIs in nine contests against New York – including 5-for-12 with two
blasts, five RBIs and four runs scored in Washington’s three-game sweep
in the nation’s capital on June 27-29. The Mets have rebounded from
those setbacks to win six of their last seven to reside four games
behind the first-place Nationals, who salvaged the finale of a
three-game set versus Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon to post their
eighth win in 11 outings. “It’s critical, because they’re chasing us,
and we’re trying to put some distance on them,” Washington manager Dusty
Baker told reporters of the upcoming series. Wilmer Flores recorded his
second two-homer performance in four days in New York’s 4-2 triumph
over Miami on Wednesday afternoon, improving to 9-for-17 with seven RBIs
and six runs scored in his last four contests.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Washington), SNY (New York)
Nationals – No relevant injuries to report.
– SS A. Cabrera (Doubtful Thursday, personal), RP J. Henderson (15-Day
DL, bicep), 1B L. Duda (15-Day DL, back), 3B D. Wright (60-Day DL,
WEATHER REPORT: It could be a sketchy weather night
in Queens. Very warm temperatures (mid 90’s), high humidity, a
possibily of some devoloping thunderstorms, and a 75 percent chance of
rain throughout the evening. Sounds fun.
HOT FAN BATTLE:
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Lucas Giolito (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Mets RH Bartolo Colon (7-4, 2.87)
handled New York in his major-league debut on June 28, but Mother
Nature put an abrupt end to his outing after he allowed one hit over
four scoreless innings. The 21-year-old’s lone blemish came at the hands
of a bloop single by Curtis Granderson. Giolito relied on his
mid-to-high 90s fastball and active curveball to subdue the Mets in the
Colon improved to 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his
last eight starts after permitting two runs on four hits in six innings
of a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The 43-year-old
Dominican split a pair of decisions versus Washington in May, rebounding
from issuing a season-high five walks in a 7-1 setback on May 18 to
yield one run on five hits in seven innings of a 7-1 triumph five days
later. Colon has kept Bryce Harper (3-for-16, five strikeouts) in check,
but he’s had trouble retiring Jayson Werth (6-for-13 with four walks).
* Nationals are 1-7 in their last 8 road games.
* Mets are 10-1 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
* Mets are 5-1 in Colon’s last 6 starts.
* Over is 8-2 in Nationals last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
* Under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in New York.
* Mets are 0-4 in Colon’s last 4 home starts vs. Nationals.
The Covers public is favoring the home favorite New York Mets at a rate
of 52 percent and Over 8.0 is picking up 60 percent of the totals
wagers. View full consensus data here.