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Series Thread: Wash. Nationals @ NY Mets (9/2-4)

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    Series preview: Mets vs. Nationals



    NEW YORK METS (69-65, second place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (78-55, first place/NL East)

    Friday: RHP Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55) vs. RHP A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97), 7:10 p.m. ET

    Saturday: RHP Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87), 7:10 p.m. ET

    Sunday: RHP Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.60) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89), 8:08 p.m. ET


     



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    Morning Briefing: Oh, great, Murph's back


    NEW YORK -- Just what the New York Mets need now ... the return ofDaniel Murphy.

    A day after Neil Walker announced his intention to undergo season-ending surgery to address a herniated disk in his lower back that caused toe numbness, the ex-Met Murphy and the Washington Nationals visit for a weekend series.

    Murphy, who spent a day off Thursday at the U.S. Open down the block from Citi Field, is hitting .423 (22-for-52) with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 13 games against his former employer.

    With six games remaining between the clubs this season, Murphy has a shot at history.

    The most homers by a player against the Mets in a season: 10, by Willie Stargell in 1966 and Dick Allen in 1968.

    The most RBIs by a player against the Mets in a season: 28, by Hank Aaron back in 1962.

    Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55 ERA) opposes right-hander A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97) in Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET opener.

    The Mets then throw a pair of rookies the remainder of the series --Robert Gsellman opposite Tanner Roark on Saturday and Seth Lugoopposite Max Scherzer on Sunday. Nationals manager Dusty Baker reportedly is considering giving Scherzer extra rest, so the Mets may get a reprieve.

    The Nationals own a 9 1/2-game lead on the second-place Mets. So the Mets' sole path to reaching the postseason clearly is via the wild card. On a light night in MLB on Thursday, the Mets (69-65) dropped two games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot. ThePittsburgh Pirates trail the Cardinals by 2 1/2 games. The Miami Marlinstrail by three games.
     
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    Mets are hurting, but September schedule leaves room for optimism




     
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    The Mets lineup for Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET series opener against the Nationals at Citi Field:

    Reyes, 3B
    Cabrera, SS
    Cespedes, LF
    Bruce, RF
    Flores, 1B
    Granderson, CF
    Johnson, 2B
    Rivera, C

    Syndergaard, RHP





    Amazin's must absolutely win 2 of these 3 games.
     
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    Harper, Nats win 4th in row, steal it from Syndergaard, Mets



    The schedule softens afterward, but first the Mets must navigate a challenging weekend against the first-place Nationals. It did not begin well. The Mets mustered only a solo homer from Asdrubal Cabrera in a 4-1 loss in Friday's opener. The Mets remained two games behind St. Louis for the second wild card. Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs in seven innings. Hansel Robles then allowed a pair of runs inherited from ex-Nat Jerry Blevins to score in the ninth.


    Noah Syndergaard retired the final 10 batters he faced in a seven-inning outing against the Nationals on Friday. Syndergaard allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four. The Nationals did steal four bases against him. Syndergaard departed at 109 pitches with the Mets trailing 2-1.
     
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    Wild Card Watch.....9/2


    WC #1
    Giants +1.5

    WC #2
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    Mets - 2.0

    Pirates -2.5
    Marlins -3.0
    Rockies -5.5
     
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    Morning Briefing: And now the rookies face the Nats

    NEW YORK -- After failing to win the series opener Friday with their stud on the mound, the New York Mets now turn to a pair of rookies.

    Robert Gsellman will face Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.
    Seth Lugo then starts Sunday’s series finale.

    The Nationals apparently have scratched Max Scherzer for Sunday's start to give him extra rest. Reynaldo Lopez is now listed as the starter for the rain-threatened series finale opposite Mets rookie Seth Lugo.
     
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    Here is the Mets lineup for Saturday's 7:10 p.m. ET game against the Nationals at Citi Field:

    Reyes, 3B
    Cabrera, SS
    Cespedes, LF
    Granderson, RF
    Flores, 2B
    Conforto, CF
    d'Arnaud, C
    Loney, 1B
    Gsellman, RHP
     
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    Wild Card Watch.....9/3


    WC #1
    Giants +2.5

    WC #2
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    Mets - 1.0

    Pirates -2.5
    Marlins -3.0
    Rockies -5.5
     
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    The Mets lineup for their (weather permitting) series finale game on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball against the Nats at Citi Field:

    Jose Reyes – 3B
    Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
    Yoenis Cespedes – LF
    Curtis Granderson – CF
    Wilmer Flores – 2B
    Jay Bruce – RF
    James Loney - 1B
    Rene Rivera – C
    Seth Lugo - RHP
     
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    Wild Card Watch.....9/4


    WC #1
    Giants +1.5

    WC #2
    Cardinals
    Mets - 1.0

    Pirates -3.5
    Marlins -4.0
    Rockies -6.5