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Wheeler, Fedde meet again as Nationals visit Mets
Washington Nationals at New York Mets
- 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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The New York Mets ended an eventful Monday with a much-needed win. However, if they want to finally keep the drama to a minimum, they'll need to carry the momentum of that victory into Tuesday night, when they host the Washington Nationals in the second game of a four-game series.
The Mets' Zack Wheeler (3-3, 4.85 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Nationals' Erick Fedde (0-0, 3.38) in a battle of right-handers.
The Mets at least momentarily stopped their skidding Monday, when Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso hit homers in the first inning and six pitchers combined on a seven-hitter in a 5-3 win.
The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the Mets, who won hours after rookie general manager Brodie Van Wagenen held a press conference in which he gave second-year manager Mickey Callaway a vote of confidence.
Of course, history is littered with votes of confidence that didn't amount to much, so the best way for the Mets to keep Callaway employed is to salvage the final week of a 15-game stretch in which they thought they'd make up some ground against sub-.500 opponents.
The Mets are just 4-5 during a stretch of 12 straight games against the Nationals and Miami Marlins. After Washington leaves town following a Thursday afternoon matinee, New York hosts the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series beginning Friday.
The Mets recorded just three hits total in being blanked in consecutive games by the Marlins on Saturday and Sunday. They exceeded that amount in their first trip through the order Monday against Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin, who was coming off a 5-1 win over New York last Wednesday in which he struck out 11 over eight innings.
"The at-bats were obviously more quality," Callaway said Monday night. "We grinded every at-bat out today. That's how you do it: Get their quality starters out early, whether you score runs off them or not. You grind out at-bats and get their pitch counts up."
The loss was the second straight for the Nationals, whose only winning streak in the last month came when they won the last two games of last week's series against the Mets in Washington.
Manager Dave Martinez, as he has all season, took solace in the Nationals' resiliency. Washington, which has lost 13 games by two runs or fewer and two more in extra innings, trailed 4-0 but had the tying run at first base in each of the final two innings Monday
"We battled back like we always do and it's a shame that we couldn't pull it off," Martinez said afterward. "But we'll try again tomorrow. The guys are playing -- I say this all the time -- they're playing hard. I'm starting to see some consistency. Our at-bats are better."
The loss Monday snapped a season-high five-game streak of games in which the Nationals scored at least five runs apiece.
Wheeler and Fedde will be opposing each other in what amounts to a rematch of last Thursday's game, when Wheeler took the loss after allowing six runs over six innings in the Nationals' 7-6 win.
Fedde didn't factor into the decision after he gave up four runs over 2 2/3 innings of relief in place of Anibal Sanchez, who exited with one out in the second due to a strained left hamstring.
Now Fedde likely will get at least two starts in place of Sanchez, who was placed on the injured list Friday. Fedde is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in four career games (two starts) against the Mets.
Wheeler is 4-10 with a 5.27 ERA in 16 career starts against the Nationals, whom he has faced more than any other opponent.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 21, 2019