NOTE: Tonight’s Mets’ lineup has been updated to reflect David Wright being scratched. He was originally scheduled to bat second.
Well, it’s here. What we’ve all been waiting for this spring is a few hours away at Citi Field when the Mets host the Nationals. It is the first of 19 games between the teams, which figure to battle for NL East supremacy this summer unless the Phillies prove to be no fluke.
Tonight we’ll see a classic pitching duel between the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard and Washington’s Max Scherzer, the latter who is coming off a 20-strikeout performance in his last start. Of course, Syndergaard has the stuff to reach that plateau some day.
The game will also feature the return of Mets’ 2015 postseason hero Daniel Murphy back to New York and the inevitable question of whether New York will pitch to Nationals’ MVP outfielder Bryce Harper.
Lucas Duda is not playing for the Mets because of a sore lower back.
Matt Harvey is coming off his best start of the season and will attempt to start the Mets on another winning streak tonight in Denver against the Rockies.
Tonight will be Harvey’s first career start at Coors Field. You might recall he was scratched from last year’s start by Logan Verrett. The Mets enter with an 11-game winning streak against the Rockies.
NOTES: Interesting Cabrera is hitting second and not Conforto. … Flores got a huge cheer yesterday. Hope he gets another one today. … With the weather cold and perhaps rainy later, it’s a wise move to rest David Wright. …
COMMENTS: Tonight marks the long-awaited return of David Wright; playing third and batting clean-up. … Very interested to see Cespedes and Wright back-to-back. … Curtis Granderson gets the night off and Lagares leads off. … I’m wondering where Murphy will bat when Granderson plays. … Hello Cuddyer, it’s nice to see you again. … The Mets couldn’t ask for a better starter to start a series than deGrom. Unless, of course, you’re thinking about Logan Verrett. … Jeurys Familia and Tyler Clippard are rested.
Matt Harvey hopes to put the brakes on a skid that began in mid-May when the Pirates roughed him up for seven runs in four innings. Harvey, once the epitome of control and avoiding the long ball, walked two and gave up two homers that day.
Including that game, Harvey gave up eight homers in four starts. For the most part, he avoided the home run since, giving up just two in his next six starts. However, his control has been terrible as he’s walked 16 in his last five starts.
Here’s the lineup for Harvey’s start tonight against the Dodgers:
LINEUP COMMENTS: Interesting to see Tejada in the lineup when the expectations were he’s sit for Wilmer Flores. However, if based on recent production it was the right call. … Newcomer Johnson is hitting clean-up with Duda dropping to fifth. … Nieuwenhuis playing over Juan Lagares, which is another good call.