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New York Mets vs Washington Nationals: Lineups, preview and prediction (8/27)

These two division rivals square off in a Sunday doubleheader with the series tied at one. Which team has what it takes to pull ahead in game one?

Washington won yesterday’s game 9-4. 

The Nationals scored nearly half of their runs for the game in the bottom of the first inning, putting a four-spot on the board against Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman. The first run came on a wild pitch, followed by a fielder’s choice RBI for Adam Lind and a two-run single by Adrian Sanchez, putting the Nats up 4-0, a lead that Washington would hold on to for the rest of the game. 

The Mets scored a few runs here and there throughout, namely on a solo home run and a two-RBI double by Wilmer Flores, who drove in three of the Mets four runs in the game. Gsellman went just four innings, allowing six runs on nine hits. Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez was solid for Washington, allowing two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings pitched. 

Game 3 Starters – Tommy Milone (LHP) vs Erick Fedde (RHP)

Milone’s ERA on the season is a not so great 8.12 while his WHIP sits at 1.67 in 37.2 innings pitched. The journeyman came to New York from Milwaukee in a trade earlier this month for Neil Walker. This is Milone’s fifth team in six seasons. In his first start for the Mets against Arizona, he allowed five earned runs on five hits in 4.2 innings pitched, including two home runs. He also walked one and struck out five. This will be his first start against Washington this season. 

Fedde comes into Sunday with a 10.61 ERA and 2.57 WHIP in 9.1 innings for the Nationals this season. In his Major League debut back on July 30, the right-hander went just four innings, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits, walking two and striking out three. He fared slightly better in his next game against the Cubs, giving up four runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings pitched. He also allowed three home runs in that game. This will be his first game against the Mets this season and in his career. 


Mets Lineup
Home Runs
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Nimmo, RF0.250.384
Cabrera, SS9.256.328
Flores, 3B16.277.315
Smith, 1B3.184.212
d’Arnaud, C10.232.280
Rosario, SS3.236.261
Taijeron, RF0.000.000
Lagares, CF2.250.295
Milone, P0.250.400
Nationals Lineup
Home Runs
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Kendrick, RF5.325.365
Difo, SS4.280.336
Murphy, 2B20.317.373
Zimmerman, 1B29.300.351
Rendon, 3B22.302.405
Wieters, C 9.230.289
Taylor, CF12.266.307
De Aza, LF0.056.100
Fedde, P0.000.000

Who’s Hot, and Who’s Not

d’Arnaud is the only healthy Mets hitter batting over .300 with at least 15 at-bats in their last six games. He is 5-15 in this span, with one double and one RBI. Plawecki is 5-10 since being called up to replace Rene Rivera. He has doubled once and walked twice. 

The Mets offensive woes are numerous as of late. Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, and Asdrubal Cabrera are a combined 18-95 over the course of the last week with five total extra-base hits between the four of them. Rosario has the highest average of the four during this span at .222. Cabrera has gone hitless in five of his last eight games. 

Wilmer Difo is batting .320 with three doubles and two RBIs in his last six games. He is batting .306 on the month. Howie Kendrick is putting on a clinic in August, batting .343 with a 1.015 OPS in 21 games. During this run he has three doubles, five home runs, and 17 RBIs. Anthony Rendon is 6-19 with four doubles in his last six games. 

Ryan Zimmerman has a single hit in his last 20 at-bats with seven strikeouts and two walks. His batting average in August has now dropped to .219. Matt Wieters is having a rough month, with just nine hits and 14 strikeouts in 19 games. His average during this span is .158 and his OPS is a mere .560. 

Prediction: Nationals 7 – 3 Mets

In the last two months, the Mets roster has taken a real beating because of trades and injuries. Their A-team right now is a B or C-team for most other clubs. While Fedde hasn’t exactly been stellar for Washington, this matchup gives him the opportunity for a solid outing and to gain some confidence as a major league starter. Meanwhile, the Nationals hitters are more than capable of carving up an inexperienced starter like Milone. 

Where to Watch

Today’s game will be broadcast on SNY and MSN2, and streaming on MLB.TV for out of market subscribers. 

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