March 28-31: Home Series Against the New York Mets
Opening Day baseball is right around the corner! The Nats open at home this season against a new-look Mets team looking to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
The Mets took 11 of 19 games from the Nationals last season and are primed to keep playing well.
This offseason, the Mets added former Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and traded for second baseman Robinson Cano and all-star closer Edwin Diaz. They also acquired Jed Lowrie who accumulated a 4.9 WAR last season for the Oakland Athletics.
Last season, however, the Nationals opened in Cincinnati and earned a 2-0 win behind six strong innings from Max Scherzer.
With a Scherzer/deGrom matchup looming on the 28th, it might be a “first team to score two runs wins” scenario. Baseball is unpredictable, but one thing is certain: Baserunners will be a scarce resource when those two toe the rubber.
The Nationals have won their previous three Opening Day games and six of their last seven Opening Day games. The club will look to continue that streak against their Big Apple rivals.