Matchup: New York Mets (21-10) vs. Washington Nationals (10-21)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Tylor Megill (4–1, 2.43) | RHP Aaron Sanchez (1–2, 8.56)
Game Info: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 l 7:05 p.m. ET | Game #31 | Home #15
Location: Nationals Park | Washington, D.C.
TV/Radio: MASN | Radio: 106.7 The Fan / Nationals Radio Network
Washington Nationals Story Line: Washington Nationals look to bounce back from a 4-2 loss Tuesday night against the New York Mets
On Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals dropped game one of this three-game series with the New York Mets, 4-2, and the Nationals look to bounce back tonight as they play the second game out of three against the first-place New York Mets. The Nationals will face the New York Mets a total of 19 times this season, with 10 games in Washington and 9 games in New York.
What you Need to Know
Don’t touch the Bell because it is hot. First baseman Josh Bell is continuing his hot streak for the Washington Nationals. Tuesday night, Bell went 2-for-4 with a run. With his performance last night, Bell is now 20-for-55 with a batting average of .364 with five doubles, two homers, nine RBIs, nine walks, and 11 runs scored over the past 15 games. Bell ranks two in the NL OBP leaders with a .444 behind Manny Machado of San Deigo. Bell has reached base safely in 27 of 30 games this season.
Juan Walks the Line: Juan Soto leads Major League Baseball with a total of 24 walks with Los Angeles Dodgers Max Muncy. Soto is tied for fourth in the NL in runs scored (21), tied for ninth in multi-hit games (9), and tied for ninth in home runs (6).
The Nationals’ Have the Power. As a team, the Washington Nationals’ hitters have recorded 264 hits this season which is the third-most in all of Major League Baseball. Additionally, Washington ranks third in the National League (5th in MLB) with a .283 team batting average with runners in scoring position and has 77 hits (1st in MLB), 16 doubles (T5th in MLB), three home runs, and 98 RBI (7th).
The Power of the Infield. The Nationals infield has been extremely hot over the past few games. Alcides Escobar is 11-for-25, Maikel Franco is 19-for-63, and Cesar Hernandez has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games and going 21-for-64 with a batting average of .328. Not bad for the Nationals infield.
Aaron Sanchez vs. the New York Mets. Wednesday night game against the New York Mets despite pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and the San Francisco Giants. Sanchez has a lifetime ERA of 3.93. During Sanchez’s last game, he went 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts, even though he suffered the loss against the Rockies on May 5.
Lineups (Subject to Change)
- C. Hernandez – 2B
- J. Soto – RF
- J. Bell – 1B
- N. Cruz -DH
- Y. Hernandez – LF
- K. Ruiz – C
- M. Franco – 3B
- D. Strange-Gordon- SS
- V. Robles – CF
New York Mets
- B. Nimmo – CF
- S. Marte – RF
- F. Lindor – SS
- P. Alonso – DH
- D, Smith – 1b
- E. Escobar – 3B
- J. McNeil – 2B
- T. Nido – C