Nationals take on the Mets in series rubber match
New York Mets (65-38, first in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (36-69, fifth in the NL East)
Washington; Wednesday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Chris Bassitt (7-7, 3.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 117 strikeouts); Nationals: Anibal Sanchez (0-3, 7.47 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 13 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -251, Nationals +206; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets are looking for a series win with a victory on Wednesday.
Washington has a 36-69 record overall and a 17-39 record at home. The Nationals are 25-5 in games when they scored at least five runs.
New York has a 34-21 record on the road and a 65-38 record overall. Mets hitters have a collective .404 slugging percentage to rank seventh in the NL.
Wednesday’s game is the 13th time these teams match up this season. The Mets have a 9-3 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nelson Cruz has 15 doubles and eight home runs for the Nationals. Luis Garcia is 10-for-34 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs over the last 10 games.
Starling Marte has a .300 batting average to rank fifth on the Mets, and has 19 doubles, four triples and 11 home runs. Francisco Lindor is 15-for-39 with three home runs and eight RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 5-5, .233 batting average, 4.70 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Mets: 7-3, .290 batting average, 2.93 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
INJURIES: Nationals: Evan Lee: 60-Day IL (flexor), MacKenzie Gore: 15-Day IL (elbow), Erick Fedde: 15-Day IL (right shoulder), Tyler Clippard: 15-Day IL (groin), Stephen Strasburg: 60-Day IL (ribs), Tanner Rainey: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jackson Tetreault: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Reed Garrett: 15-Day IL (biceps), Carter Kieboom: 60-Day IL (forearm), Sean Doolittle: 60-Day IL (elbow), Will Harris: 60-Day IL (pectoral), Seth Romero: 60-Day IL (calf), Joe Ross: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Mets: Drew Smith: 15-Day IL (back), Dominic Smith: 10-Day IL (ankle), James McCann: 10-Day IL (oblique), Tylor Megill: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sean Reid-Foley: 60-Day IL (elbow), Trevor May: 60-Day IL (tricep), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)