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Nationals' Scherzer, Mets' deGrom set to battle

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New York Mets at Washington Nationals

  1. The Wild Card-leading Nationals have lost six of their last seven games against the Mets and are 6-10 in the season series. They are 28-14 against the rest of the NL East. Washington pitchers have a 5.27 ERA against New York compared to a 4.15 against the rest of the division.
  2. The Nationals have won 11 of 13, totaling 101 runs in those victories and one combined run in those two defeats. They've plated 135 runs in their last 16 games, the franchise's most runs over a 16-game span and the most in a season by any team over a 16-game stretch since the Yankees scored 151 in 2007.
  3. Anthony Rendon has a .550/.627/1.025 slash line in his last 11 games with five homers, four doubles, 14 RBI, 13 runs and nine walks. The last player to have at least 22 hits, with nine going for extra bases in addition to nine walks over an 11-game span in a single season was Bryce Harper for the Nats in his 2015 MVP season.
  4. Pete Alonso, who added to his Mets single-season record with his 43rd homer on Sunday, has reached base safely in 27 straight games, the longest active streak in MLB. It is also the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Justin Turner reached base safely in 28 games in a row in 2011.
  5. Since joining the Nats in 2015, Max Scherzer is 8-5 with a 2.40 ERA with 152 strikeouts in 16 starts against the Mets. His strikeout total is the most by any pitcher against the Mets since 2015.
  6. Jacob deGrom, who starts opposite Scherzer on Tuesday, is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 11 starts against the Nats since 2017. His ERA is the lowest by any pitcher against Washington since 2017 (min. six starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/2/2019 thru 9/4/2019
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For a short time in August, it appeared as if the last two pitchers to win the National League Cy Young Award might be headed for a winner-take-all clash in the wild-card game on the first Tuesday of October.

As it turns out, the final meeting of the season between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer could take place on the first Tuesday of September.

DeGrom (8-8, 2.66 ERA) will look to pull the Mets closer in the race for the second NL wild card when he takes the mound against Scherzer (9-5, 2.46 ERA) in the third matchup of the season between the aces.

The Mets cruised to a 7-3 win in the series opener Monday afternoon, when Noah Syndergaard earned the victory by striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings.

The win was just the third in the last 10 games for the Mets, who are 9-11 since Aug. 10, when they capped one of the hottest streaks in team history and pulled within a half-game of a wild-card spot with a 4-3 win over the Nationals. That was the 15th victory in 16 games for New York, a span in which it gained eight games in the wild-card race.

With Monday's win, the Mets remained four games behind the Chicago Cubs, who currently hold second wild-card spot. The Cubs beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Monday.

At this point in the season, merely treading water -- especially in a day game following a night game, as the Mets fell 5-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night -- qualifies as a victory for teams on the outside of the playoff picture.

"We've got a night game (Tuesday), rest tonight and (Tuesday) morning," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday. He added of his players, "They did a great job. Tough circumstances, but they stepped it up big-time."

The Nationals, meanwhile, have gone a baseball-best 16-4 since Aug. 11 to cement themselves as the wild-card favorite. Washington is 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs in the race for home field in the one-game playoff.

But for all intents and purposes, the playoffs are also beginning early for the Nationals, who on Monday began a stretch of 16 straight games against the Mets and three teams -- the NL East rival Atlanta Braves, the Minnesota Twins, and the St. Louis Cardinals -- that lead their divisions.

"It's going to be hard, but I think that's what you want going into the postseason," Nationals shortstop Trea Turner told reporters Monday. "People don't luck their way into the postseason. If we want to be there at the end of the day, we're going to have to play these teams and get some wins."

DeGrom, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, took the loss last Thursday, when he gave up four runs over seven innings as the Mets fell 4-1 to the Cubs. Scherzer, who won the NL Cy Young in 2016 and 2017, didn't factor into the decision last Wednesday, when he allowed two runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Nationals' 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Scherzer has pitched a total of 8 1/3 innings in two starts since returning from a month-long stint on the injured list caused by a mid-back strain.

DeGrom is 8-4 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 career starts against the Nationals. Scherzer is 10-5 with a 2.47 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) against the Mets, whom he no-hit on Oct. 3, 2015.

The Mets won both deGrom-Scherzer matchups this season -- on Opening Day in Washington on March 28 and in New York on May 22.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 3, 2019

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