NY Mets (76-61) at Washington (71-66)
When: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Time: 7:05 ET
TV: DirecTV 639, 641 Radio: XM 183
In what was a playoff type atmosphere in D.C. yesterday, the Mets came back on the Nationals bullpen to defeat Washington 8-5 and extend their lead in the N.L. East to 5 games. The Mets hit three home runs off starter Max Scherzer and hit the Nats’ bullpen for 3 more runs to put them away. The Mets led early 3-0, but then Washington put up a 5 spot in the 4th to take the lead only to surrender it late. Yoenis Cespedes continues to swing a hot bat for New York. He has a 6-game hitting streak and has multiple hits in 5 of those including. He also has a home run in 5 of those six games. He is simply on fire and has been a great pick-up for the Mets. Matt Harvey, who last week said he was only going to pitch 180 innings this year, will start for New York. Right now he sits at 166.1 innings, so I guess this could be one of his last starts. He’s 12-7 with a 2.60 ERA on the year with 158 strikeouts. He have up only 2 runs in 5 starts before last week when the Phillies hit him for 9 hits and 4 runs. The Mets are hitting so well that they still won that game over Philadelphia.
The Nationals are really kicking themselves for not taking advantage of a 5-3 lead yesterday. Their bullpen has been really unreliable this year and it showed again yesterday. Four relievers yesterday were involved in letting up runs and Blake Treinen was tagged with the loss. That broke a 5-game winning streak for the Nationals, but they are still hitting the ball very well. They are averaging 7.5 runs a game in their last 6. Washington will turn to Jordan Zimmermann tonight in hopes of keeping the Mets in check. He’s only surrendered 2 runs in his last two starts and has won 4 decisions in a row. The Mets have hit him up for 8 runs in the last 13 innings. Both of those starts came just over a month ago. The Nationals have scored 44 runs in Zimmermann’s last 4 starts. That is some terrific run support. He might need it again tonight.
The Mets really killed the Nationals momentum yesterday. They continue to hit the cover off the ball and I think Harvey comes with his A game tonight. I’ll take the Mets again.
Pick: Mets +100