Here’s the Mets’ lineup for tonight’s game against Washington at Citi Field:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Juan Lagares – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Michael Cuddyer – LF
Daniel Murphy – 3B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Dilson Herrera – 2B
Kevin Plawecki – C
Matt Harvey – RHP
For his second straight start, Jacob deGrom didn’t make it through the sixth. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.
Unquestionably, he was hurt by Wilmer Flores’ sixth error of the year. However, sometimes a pitcher has to bail out his defense and deGrom let the inning get away from him.
Winning pitchers – and don’t forget deGrom is still young – must learn to minimize the damage and close out innings. DeGrom didn’t do that tonight.
On the flip side, Mets’ hitters weren’t able to do anything after the first.
Nationals 5, Mets 3 (8th)
Someday, Stephen Strasburg might become a star, but he’s not pitching like it these days.
The Mets got to him for a pair of runs in the third on Kevin Plawecki’s RBI double and run-scoring single by Curtis Granderson.
Yes, Strasburg was injured and had Tommy John surgery, but he’s regressed and after going 15-6 in 2012, but is 23-22 since, including 1-2 this year.
Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom has thrown three perfect innings.
Mets 2, Nationals 0 (3rd)
Here are the starting lineups for the Mets and Nationals for tonight’s game at Citi Field:
Curtis Granderson, RF
Juan Lagares, CF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Eric Campbell, 3B
Wilmer Flores, SS
Kevin Plawecki, C
Jacob deGrom, RHP
Denard Span, CF
Yunel Escobar, 3B
Jayson Werth, LF
Bryce Harper, RF
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Wilson Ramos, C
Ian Desmond, SS
Danny Espinosa, 2B
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
Here are the starting pitchers for this weekend’s Mets-Nationals series at Citi Field:
Thursday: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-2, 2.96) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 4.88), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 3.04) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (1-2, 1.26), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: LHP Jon Niese (2-1, 2.74) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01), 7:10 p.m. ET
Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 4.26) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.28), 1:10 p.m. ET