What to look for: Nationals vs. Mets, 3:10 PM

Citi Field Home Run apple

The Mets will look to avoid a sweep against the Nationals in their regular season finale on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 3:10 pm.

Rich MacLeod

Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:

Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jacob deGrom – RHP


Here is today’s pitching matchup:

Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.60 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Tanner Roark (4-7, 4.63 ERA) will start for the Nationals.

Mets vs Nationals

Here’s what I’m looking for today from the Mets:

O, Where Art Thou? The redux.

After experiencing a torrid month-and-a-half stretch where their new-look offense was practically unstoppable, there have been plenty of speed bumps for the Mets of late.

While their bats exploded in Cincinatti against the Reds–a team that had lost 13-straight games until Saturday night–they have sandwiched that with two poor offensive streaks.

On their previous home stand, the Mets went 3-6, scoring just 2.5 runs per game over that stretch. In the last week this team is once again mired in a similar slump, albeit this time after they had nothing to play for but home field advantage in the NLDS–which they will not have. The Mets have lost five consecutive games now, were no-hit in their own building for the second time this season last night and have scored just one run in their last 26 innings.

The games lately haven’t meant all that much, but it would certainly be nice to see some semblance of life from the bats in the team’s final regular season game this afternoon.

Finish strong.

Since winning their 89th game one week ago today, the Mets are now a loss away from ending the season on that win total.

After they clinched last Saturday and had their back-up squad blow out the Reds the following day, the Mets have lost five straight games to the Phillies and Nationals—an unwelcome sight despite having won the NL East.

In this mini five-game losing streak, the Mets have lacked the fire they played with for so long to get them to this point. It’s also worth mentioning that over this past week that Terry Collins and company have rarely trotted out their A-lineup, as they get themselves ready for a postseason run as close to at full health as possible.

Only one team has entered the postseason on a six-game losing streak—the 2000 New York Yankees, per Anthony DiComo—and while that team did go on to win the World Series, it’d be nice if the Mets could give these fans something positive to look at before Game One in Hollywood on Friday night.

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