New York puts win streak on the line against Washington
Washington Nationals (61-55, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (61-56, third in the NL East)
New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 3.68 ERA) Mets: Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.77 ERA)
LINE: Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: New York enters the game as winners of their last eight games.
The Mets are 29-24 against the rest of their division. The New York offense has compiled a .254 batting average as a team this season, Jeff McNeil leads the team with a mark of .335.
The Nationals are 30-24 against division opponents. Washington has a collective on-base percentage of .330, good for third in the National League. Juan Soto leads the club with a mark of .399. The Mets won the last meeting 4-3. Seth Lugo earned his fifth victory and J.D. Davis went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for New York. Fernando Rodney registered his fifth loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 63 extra base hits and is batting .258. Davis is 12-for-31 with four doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.
Adam Eaton leads the Nationals with 121 hits and is batting .282. Soto is 12-for-37 with two doubles, six home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mets: 9-1, .274 batting average, 3.24 ERA, outscored opponents by 30 runs
Nationals: 4-6, .257 batting average, 5.54 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Mets Injuries: Drew Smith: (elbow), Jacob Rhame: (elbow), Dominic Smith: (foot), Brandon Nimmo: (neck), Yoenis Cespedes: (heels), Jed Lowrie: (knee), Robinson Cano: (hamstring).
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: (shoulder), Austin Voth: (bicep), Jonny Venters: (shoulder), Max Scherzer: (rhomboid), Jeremy Hellickson: (shoulder), Koda Glover: (forearm), Roenis Elias: (hamstring), Ryan Zimmerman: (foot), Howie Kendrick: (hamstring).