GameNotes: Washington Nationals V. New York Mets (September 24, 2020)

The Washington Nationals will be looking to rebound following a tough loss in the series finale to the Philadelphia Phillies when they open the final series tonight against the New York Mets.

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Game Details

Washington Nationals (23-33) vs. New York Mets (25-31)
LHP Patrick Corbin (2-6 4.76 ERA) | LHP David Peterson (5-2, 3.80 ERA)
Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 6:05 p.m. | Game #57 | Home Game #30
Nationals Park | Washington D.C.TV: MASN | NBC Sports | Radio: 106.7 The Fan | Nationals Radio Network 

Latest Washington Nationals Headline:

The Nationals won three of four against the Phillies but were crushed 12-3 on Wednesday. Juan Soto’s two-run home run in the ninth was a rare bright spot for Washington, which fell to 23-33.

Today’s GameNotes:

The Washington Nationals will be looking to rebound following a tough loss in the series finale to the Philadelphia Phillies when they open the final series tonight against the New York Mets.

What To Watch

On the Mound

Tonight marks Corbin‘s third start against New York (NL) this season, and is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA (16 ER / 42.2 IP) with 51 strikeouts and 11 walks in seven career starts against the Mets since joining the Nationals. 

Corbin suffered the loss after giving up a season-high seven runs and 14 hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in Washington’s 7-3 defeat against Miami on September 19, 2020. 

Corbin’s pitch mix in 2020 has varied. According to Baseball Savant, Corbin throws: Slider (40.6%), Sinker (30.5%), Four-Seamer (22.3%), Changeup (4.4%) and Curve (2.2%).

And the Winner Is….

Both Juan Soto and Trea Turner are in the “thick of races for individual titles. Juan Soto is entering Thursday leading the National League batting title race with a .352 batting average, which is ahead of Atlanta’s first base Freddie Freeman whose batting average is at .343. 

To garner consideration for the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award as well as National League MVP Award. Turner ranks among National League shortstops in on-base percentage (1st, .397), extra-base hits (1st, 29), doubles (T1st, 15), triples (1st, 4), batting average (1st, .339), slugging percentage (2nd, .583), OPS (2nd, .979), and home runs (T4th, 10).

Streaking to the End…

Andrew Stevenson has hit safely in a career-high eight straight games. During the streak, Stevenson is hitting .375 (9-for-24) with four doubles, one triple, seven RBI, one HBP, two walks, one stolen base, and four runs scored. Five of the nine hits have come with runners in scoring position.

Game Lineups (Subject To Change without Notice)

Washington Nationals Lineup
  • T. Turner SS
  • J. Soto RF
  • K. Suzuki DH
  • Y. Gomes C
  • J. Harrison 3B
  • J. Noll 1B
  • M. Taylor LF
  • L. Garcia 2B
  • V. Robles CF

New York Mets Lineup

  • J. McNeil RF
  • J.D. Davis DH
  • D. Smith LF
  • P. Alonso 1B
  • R. Cano 2B
  • T. Frazier 3B
  • A. Rosario SS
  • G. Heredia CF
  • R. Chirinos C

Today in Nationals History

September 24 (10-5)

2019 – The Nationals clinched a Wild Card berth following a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies coupled with a loss by the Chicago Cubs. Following the 6-5 win in game two, the Nationals stayed on the field to watch the Pirates finish off the Cubs to put the Nationals in the Postseason officially. A celebration ensued on the field and eventually carried into the clubhouse. It marked Washington’s fifth Postseason appearance and first via one of two National League Wild Card spots.