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Mets keep making playoff push in twin bill vs. Nationals

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According to STATS

New York Mets at Washington Nationals

  1. The home team has won 11 of 14 contests between these teams this season, with the Nationals winning four the five games played in Washington D.C. The Nats hit .300 against the Mets in the five home games compared to .204 in the nine games at New York.
  2. The Mets are on a four-game winning streak, all at home, after winning two games against the Marlins -- they also won the resumed game against Miami from April 11 during this stretch, but it is not counted in their current streak. New York has gone 3-11 on the road since August 1, the fourth-worst mark in MLB over that span.
  3. The Nationals were swept in a three-game set by the Phillies, allowing 26 runs across the three games. That is the second most runs Washington has allowed in a three-game series this season (41 versus Padres in July).
  4. Jonathan Villar has homered from the leadoff spot in two of the last three scheduled games -- Villar also hit a home run in the resumed game though not from the leadoff spot. Villar has an OPS of .892 when batting at the top of the order this season compared to .724 when batting in all other lineup spots.
  5. Juan Soto reached base nine times in the three-game series with Philadelphia, reaching base at least twice in each game and four times in the last game of the series. Soto has reached base multiple times in 73 of 121 games this season, four more than the next-closest players (Aaron Judge, NYY and Cedric Mullins, Bal).
  6. Rich Hill has faced Washington three times, with two starts, this season, compiling a 0-2 record and 5.79 ERA. That is Hill's highest ERA against a single team in a season over the past three years (minimum 10.0 innings). Two of Sean Nolin's three starts this season have come against the Mets and he has a 6.48 ERA in those two games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2021 thru 9/4/2021

The New York Mets dodged a major disappointment Friday night, when they got some help from a pair of unlikely sources in their bid to climb back into the National League East race.

Now the Mets' favorite setting -- a doubleheader -- awaits with a pitcher who has thrived in the seven-inning setting.

The Mets will look to move over .500 and gain more ground in the NL East on Saturday, when they are scheduled to visit the Washington Nationals in a doubleheader.

Marcus Stroman (9-12, 2.85 ERA) and fellow right-hander Tylor Megill (2-3, 4.04) are slated to start for the Mets in that order. Right-hander Erick Fedde (6-9, 5.08 ERA) is penciled in to start the first game for the Nationals, who had not announced their starter for the nightcap.

Edwin Diaz blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning Friday night for the Mets, who scored four times in the top of the 10th to earn a 6-2 win and get back to .500 at 67-67.

"Can't make the playoffs if you're below .500," said first baseman Pete Alonso, whose leadoff RBI single sparked the 10th-inning outburst. "It's a good steppingstone."

The Mets moved within four games of the first-place Atlanta Braves and within two games of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East by virtue of the Phillies' and Braves' losses Friday to the sub-.500 Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies, respectively. New York was eight games behind the Braves on Aug. 27.

Doubleheaders have been equal parts plentiful and productive for the Mets, who have yet to be swept in any of the 12 official doubleheaders in which they've played. New York has split nine twin bills and swept its opponent three times -- including the Nationals on Aug. 12 in the teams' most recent doubleheader.

The Mets also played 16 innings -- two more than the usual twin bill -- on Tuesday in an unofficial doubleheader. They beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 in the completion of a nine-inning game suspended by rain with one out in the first on April 11 before earning a 3-1 win in the regularly scheduled seven-inning game.

The Nationals (55-78) have lost six straight and are 7-23 since the trade deadline July 30, when they entered a full rebuild mode by trading Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"The guys are competing," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "Now we've got to finish. We've got to start winning some of these games."

Stroman will be starting a doubleheader game for the eighth time this season. He is 3-3 with a 2.65 ERA in doubleheader games while pitching at least five innings in each start.

Stroman didn't factor into the decision against the Nationals on Aug. 28, when he gave up two runs over six innings in the Mets' 5-3 victory. Megill faced Washington for the first time on Sunday and earned the win after allowing two runs over five innings as New York recorded a 9-4 victory.

Megill outdueled Fedde, who took the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) over 5 1/3 innings.

Stroman is 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in four career starts against the Nationals. Fedde is 0-3 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 games (seven starts) against the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021

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