Mets visit the Nationals to start 3-game series
New York Mets (20-9, first in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (10-20, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Tylor Megill (4-1, 2.43 ERA, .90 WHIP, 36 strikeouts); Nationals: Patrick Corbin (0-5, 7.16 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 26 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Nationals host the New York Mets to start a three-game series.
Washington has a 10-20 record overall and a 3-11 record at home. The Nationals are 7-1 in games when they scored at least five runs.
New York has gone 9-5 in home games and 20-9 overall. Mets pitchers have a collective 2.99 ERA, which ranks fourth in MLB play.
Tuesday’s game is the fifth time these teams meet this season. The Mets are up 3-1 in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Bell has seven doubles and four home runs for the Nationals. Cesar Hernandez is 15-for-44 with three doubles over the last 10 games.
Jeff McNeil is fifth on the Mets with a .323 batting average, and has seven doubles, a triple, a home run, nine walks and 10 RBI. Pete Alonso is 12-for-39 with four home runs and 10 RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 4-6, .312 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs
Mets: 6-4, .249 batting average, 3.74 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
INJURIES: Nationals: Sean Doolittle: 60-Day IL (elbow), Anibal Sanchez: 60-Day IL (neck), Ehire Adrianza: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Hunter Harvey: 10-Day IL (pronator), Mason Thompson: 10-Day IL (biceps), Will Harris: 60-Day IL (pectoral), Seth Romero: 60-Day IL (calf), Stephen Strasburg: 10-Day IL (shoulder/neck), Carter Kieboom: 60-Day IL (right forearm), Joe Ross: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Mets: Trevor May: 15-Day IL (tricep), Sean Reid-Foley: 10-Day IL (elbow), Jacob deGrom: 10-Day IL (shoulder), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)