Friday Night Lineup: Nationals vs Mets

  1. McNeil RF
  2. Rosario SS
  3. Conforto CF
  4. Alonso 1B
  5. J.D. Davis LF
  6. Ramos C
  7. Frazier 3B
  8. Panik 2B
  9. Stroman RHP

The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets square off in a series of dire importance. The Mets are currently a half a game back from the second Wild Card spot while the Washington Nationals own the first Wild Card spot with a two and a half game lead on the Orange & Blue.

The Nationals have no intentions on going easy, especially with sending Stephen Strasburg to the hill in game one of a three-game series. Strasburg is currently 14-5 with a 3.72 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP as well as 175 strikeouts over 145.1 innings.

Ultimate utility man Jeff McNeil has broken out of his “slump”, the Santa Barbara, California native has been hitting .476/.607/1.143 with four home runs out of his 10 hits in his last seven games. Take note of that .607 OBP paired with his 1.143 slugging percentage, those are indeed lethal numbers from your clean-up spot, let alone the lead-off batter.

I had Michael Conforto pegged as a potential M.V.P. candidate and it looks like my prediction will not come into fruition however, the Mets outfielder could very well be the most underrated player in the game. I admit, there has to be bias feelings as I just literally admitted that I saw him as an elite player but let’s take a look at his numbers.

The Oregon State product is hitting .261/.370/.512/.882 in 379 official at-bats during the 2019 campaign. He’s hit 20 doubles, 25 home runs, while scoring 65 times and driving in 64 runs. The first round draft pick is just 3 home runs short of his career high, yet many fans unfortunately view the outfielder as a bust. I couldn’t tell you why, I love the kid.

Marcus Stroman will take the bump for the second time in his Mets career, this being the first one in front of the home audience, quite literally. The Long Island native have a tough start in his first go around however he picked it up and battled tremendously past that first inning.

Overall, Stroman is 6-11 with a 3.07 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP to go with 102 strikeouts in 129.0 innings pitched. However, the righty is 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA in his last seven starts and the Mets need “HDMH” to show the Nationals where the heart lies. Expect and enjoy a cool interview from family during the SNY telecast, as well.

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