Washington Nationals: 5 To Watch In Mets Visit To D.C.

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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) advance to third on a hit by second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) (not pictured) during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) advance to third on a hit by second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) (not pictured) during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam to center during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports /

After sweeping the New York Mets last week, the Washington Nationals will host the Mets this weekend for a three game series

The Washington Nationals (16-6) brought their offense on the road to Coors Field this week. While taking three of four from the Colorado Rockies, the Nats scored 46 runs, including double digit runs in each of the last three games.

Trea Turner had the team’s first cycle since 2008 and drove in nine RBI’s in the series. Also, the team had four players drive in four ore more runs, including Daniel Murphy (eight) and Ryan Zimmerman (two home runs, five RBI’s).

After going 9-1 on the road trip, the Nats are back home to begin a six game homestand tonight. First up on this six game stretch is the New York Mets (8-13), who are absolutely reeling right now and are dealing with injuries.

New York comes into tonight losers of six straight and they’ve lost ten of their last 11 games. Yesterday, Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game because of a left hamstring injury and is going to go on the disabled list. Without Cespedes, it’s going to be tough for them to score runs.

In their last five games, which includes the Nats sweeping the Mets last weekend at Citi Field, New York has scored 14 runs. While the Mets are one of six teams in baseball with 30+ home runs (30), they have the second lowest batting average in all of baseball (.209).

On the mound, Noah Syndergaard has been out with biceps tendinitis. As of right now, he is expected to pitch Sunday afternoon, but even that start is up in the air. Matt Harvey had to start yesterday and ended up giving up five runs and walked five in a loss to the Atlanta Braves:

Before we give you the pitching matchups and our players to watch, we want to hear from you. What are your thoughts on this weekend’s series? Send us your predictions in our comments section.

Here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Tonight: Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95) – 7:05 p.m ET, broadcast on MASN2/MLB Network

Tomorrow: Zack Wheeler (1-2, 5.40) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 2.89) – 1:05 p.m, MASN2/MLB Network

Sunday: TBD vs. Joe Ross (1-0, 6.17) – 1:35 p.m ET, MASN2/WUSA9/MLB Network

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