The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets will begin a huge three-game series at Citi Field on Friday night. Washington (61-53) is 2.5 games up on the New York Mets for the first wild card spot in the National League.
The Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals are also 2.5 games back, but all three of those teams are 0.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card spot in the National League.
This Nationals and Mets series could be similar to the one in 2015 where Washington led New York by three games in the National League East heading into the series and the New York Mets swept the Washington Nationals.
After that series, they took off and then eventually won the National League East. New York went to the World Series that season and they lost in five games against the Kansas City Royals.
The Mets have not won the World Series since the 1986 series and Washington has not won a World Series Title in franchise history.
This is a monster serious for New York because they have won the last 13-out-of-14 games. Washington is coming off a three-game sweep on the road against the San Francisco Giants.
Both teams had an off day on Thursday and they will both be fully rested heading into this series.
Three players to keep an eye for the Nationals this weekend will be third baseman Anthony Rendon (.314 batting average 24 home runs 87 RBI’s, along with a .400 on-base percentage and two stolen bases), outfielder Juan Soto (.282 batting average 21 home runs and 72 RBI’s, along with a .396 on-base percentage and nine stolen bases), and shortstop Trea Turner (.287 batting average with 10 home runs and 29 RBI’s, along with a .349 on-base percentage and 23 stolen bases).
Three players to keep an eye for the Mets this weekend will be outfielder/second baseman Jeff McNeil (.339 batting average with 15 home runs and 52 RBI’s, along with a .407 on-base percentage and four stolen bases), outfielder Michael Conforto (.261 batting average with 25 home runs and 64 RBI’s, along with a .370 on-base percentage and five stolen bases), and first baseman Pete Alonso (.260 batting average with 37 home runs and 83 RBI’s, along with a .364 on-base percentage and one stolen base).
The projected pitching match up this weekend will be Stephen Strasburg (14-5, 3.72 ERA) vs Marcus Stroman (6-11, 3.07 ERA) on Friday night, Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.43 ERA) vs Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.96 ERA) on Saturday night, and Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.67 ERA) vs Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.77 ERA) on Sunday afternoon.
Washington will have the edge in the starting pitching Friday night, Saturday’s starters is even, and New York will have the edge in starting pitching on Sunday.
This is a tough series to pick, but I don’t see this series being a sweep for either side.