The red-hot Mets will go for their eighth victory in nine games on this “very important” homestand when Noah Syndergaard goes against Stephen Strasburg tonight at Citi Field, with the star shining brightest likely to be named the starter in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Here’s tonight’s batting order against Strasburg:
Jose Reyes – 3B: Career .287 hitter (168-586) vs. Nationals. … Has three hits, two doubles and a homer since returning to Mets.
Curtis Granderson – RF: Career .272 hitter (53-195) against Washington. … Should have more than 27 RBI for his 15 homers. Perhaps that will improve with him batting second.
Yoenis Cespedes – CF: Career 329 hitter (25-76) vs. Nationals. … Batting a sizzling .419 (13-31) with three homers on the homestand.
Neil Walker – 2B: Lifetime .291 hitter (46-158) against Washington. … Has 15 homers; had 16 last season.
James Loney -1B: Lifetime .323 hitter (40-124) against Nationals. … Batting .290 (9-31) during homestand and .281 (9-31) with ten RBI with RISP.
Asdrubal Cabrera – SS: Batting .304 (7-23) with two homers on homestand. … Career .274 hitter against Nationals.
Brandon Nimmo – LF: Batting .286 (6-21) with one homer on homestand. … Already has one homer and four RBI with RISP.
Rene Rivera – C: Is lifetime .324 hitter (11-34) against Nationals.
Syndergaard – RHP: Pitching with bone spurs in his elbow. … Is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts vs. Nationals this year, and 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in five career starts.
COMMENTS: Thoroughly annoyed with how Wilmer Flores is being jerked around. Players as hot as Flores deserve to be rewarded by staying in the lineup. I can appreciate playing Reyes, but what harm would it be resting Cabrera for a night? Walker’s and Loney’s numbers vs. Nats merit them starting tonight. … I can’t figure out what manager Terry Collins is thinking about. … On the other hand, it is good to see him stick to the plan of pairing Rivera with Syndergaard. … Also pleased to see Nimmo in the lineup.