Washington Nationals: Meet Matt Harvey and the Mets
By Ron Juckett
For the Washington Nationals, Opening Day at home is finally here. Here is who you should keep an eye on as the New York Mets visit.
The Washington Nationals finished their first road trip of the years at 4-2.
As rocky as they looked the last two games against the Atlanta Braves, they come home to start their schedule a half game out of first place. Not a bad start. And, really, if you knew a week ago how things would turn out, you would take it and run.
As we open Nationals Park for 2018, the New York Mets are the first to occupy the third base dugout. Improved since the end of last year, they have the best chance to give Washington a run for the National League East title.
Heading into Wednesday’s games, FanGraphs projects the Mets to win 84 games and finish within eight of the Nats. If there is a division race, then New York must make the most of their 19 games versus Washington. A win over the Philadelphia Phillies gives the Amazin’s a 4-1 record.
With the backdrop of a true rivalry, along with the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day, these two old friends renew acquaintances again. Last year, Washington won the season series 13-6.
If you have tickets to Opening Day, try to get there by noon for the full Opening Ceremony.
Remember, Friday is a scheduled off day in case bad weather hits Thursday. But, although Thursday looks fine, Saturday is a possible mess with snow and cold. Watch the weather and the schedule to see if Saturday’s game is moved or postponed.
Now you have your jacket packed, here are your players to watch this weekend.