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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Preview and Predictions 05-16-2019 in MLB


Washington's Victor Robles is still learning the nuances of Major League Baseball but the Nationals are happy with the young Dominican's progress. Robles leads the club with eight home runs and will try to go deep for a third straight contest when Washington hosts the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon in the rubber match of their three-game series.

"The biggest thing for him is to be consistent," Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters. "... He's 21 years old. But he's handled himself really well. And he's learning every single day." Washington's 5-1 victory Wednesday was only its sixth in the last 20 games and put the Nationals in a position to snap a seven-series winless streak (0-6-1). New York was held to four hits Wednesday as Robinson Cano went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, leaving him 0-for-9 in the series and 6-for-33 in eight games versus Washington this season. Zack Wheeler takes the ball for the Mets on Thursday hoping for better results in his third start against the Nationals this season and he opposes Anibal Sanchez, who seeks his first victory of 2019.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), MASN (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (3-2, 4.35 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Anibal Sanchez (0-6, 5.27)

Wheeler is 2-0 with a 2.67 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his last four starts after allowing two runs and nine hits while fanning 11 in seven innings of an 11-2 victory over Miami on Friday. The 28-year-old Georgia native has recorded five quality starts in his last six turns and sports a 1.35 WHIP this season - slightly above his 1.31 career number. Washington's Adam Eaton is 9-for-15 with three walks against Wheeler, who is 4-9 with a 5.01 ERA in 15 starts versus the Nationals after allowing 11 runs in two turns over 9 2/3 innings to start the season.



Sanchez has lost five straight starts after allowing three runs and six hits (two home runs) over 4 1/3 innings of a 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium on Friday. The 35-year-old Venezuelan, who is trying to avoid joining Jason Marquis (2010) as the only pitchers in Nationals history to start a season 0-7, has gotten past the sixth inning only once this season. Cano is 4-for-18 against Sanchez, who is 5-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 14 starts versus the Mets - 1-0, 4.50 in two turns last season.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington 3B Anthony Rendon (.333) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Wednesday and is 13-for-29 with seven RBIs and 10 runs scored in eight games versus New York this season.

2. Mets RHP Jeurys Familia pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning Wednesday in his first appearance after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury.

3. Nationals RHP Sean Doolittle (0.95 ERA) has allowed two runs while striking out 22 in 19 innings (18 games) after recording his 16th scoreless appearance Wednesday.

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Last Injuries

Washington Nationals

  • Ryan Zimmerman

    Foot
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Zimmerman has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot and is likely to be idle until at least the start of September.

  • Austen Williams

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Williams has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He is expected to be on the IL until the start of September.

  • Joe Ross

    Leg
    Prob Sat | probable

    Ross left his last due to a right leg injury, but he is likely to take the mound Saturday against the Cubs.

  • Austin Voth

    Shoulder
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Voth has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder tendinitis, and he is likely to be out until at least the beginning of September.

  • Sean Doolittle

    Knee
    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Doolittle has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis. He is expected to return during the early part of September.

  • Koda Glover

    Forearm
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Glover has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain and will remain out of the lineup until sometime in September.

  • Brian Dozier

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Dozier has been placed on the paternity list to be with his family after the birth of his child. He is permitted to miss one to three days.

  • Juan Soto

    Ankle
    Prob Tues | probable

    Soto was held out of the previous game due to a mild right ankle strain but is likely to suit up Tuesday against the Reds.

New York Mets

  • Robert Gsellman

    Back
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Gsellman has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a partial lat tear and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • J.D. Davis

    Calf
    Prob Tues | probable

    Davis is likely to suit up against the Indians on Tuesday despite tightness in his right calf.

  • Jed Lowrie

    Knee
    Mid Sept | 60-day IL

    Lowrie has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a capsule sprain in his left knee. He suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and a right calf strain during his rehabilitation, but he is likely to be activated sometime in September.

  • Jacob Rhame

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Rhame has been moved to the 60-day injured list after having a season-ending ulnar nerve transposition procedure conducted on his right elbow.

  • Brandon Nimmo

    Neck
    Early Sept | 60-day IL

    Nimmo is dealing with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and the effects of whiplash. He has been moved to the 60-day injured list and is not expected to return until the beginning of September.

  • J.D. Davis

    Calf
    Out Sun | out

    Davis is battling right calf tightness and will not play Sunday against the Royals.

  • J.D. Davis

    Calf
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis exited the previous game due to tightness in his right calf. It is unclear if he will participate in Saturday's matchup versus the Royals.

  • Travis d'Arnaud

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    d'Arnaud is unlikely to partake in Tuesday's game against the Padres due to a routine day of rest.

washington-nationals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Andrew Stevenson 18 3 20 3 7 1 0 0 0 8 0 7 0 .350 .400 .458
Kyle McGowin 7 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Anthony Rendon 111 111 423 89 136 34 3 27 98 257 3 69 1 .322 .608 .400
Howie Kendrick 92 53 255 45 81 18 0 13 50 138 2 40 1 .318 .541 .372
Trea Turner 86 86 364 65 107 24 4 13 41 178 26 85 5 .294 .489 .357
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Wander Suero 58 0 163 65 3 52 4 3 30 0 0 6 18 917
Sean Doolittle 54 0 156 59 2 60 10 2 25 0 0 3 13 930
Matt Grace 50 1 138 34 2 59 11 0 33 0 0 1 10 691
Tony Sipp 36 0 63 18 1 19 1 0 12 0 0 0 9 363
Tanner Rainey 35 0 95 48 2 19 4 0 15 0 0 1 27 621
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kurt Suzuki 71 59 1 34 5 3 0 5
Yan Gomes 73 66 0 32 16 3 0 7
Pedro Severino 74 66 1 28 10 7 0 9
Adam Eaton 119 115 0 0 0 5 1 0
Adrian Sanchez 25 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

new-york-mets Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Chris Flexen 8 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Adeiny Hechavarria 4 4 12 3 4 2 0 5 1 6 3 4 1 .333 .500 .467
Drew Gagnon 16 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Rajai Davis 5 1 9 3 3 1 0 1 4 7 0 2 0 .333 .778 .333
Jeff McNeil 105 96 397 67 132 31 1 15 55 210 4 62 5 .332 .529 .400
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Edwin Diaz 52 0 142 77 3 50 11 3 28 0 0 10 19 908
Robert Gsellman 52 0 191 60 6 64 7 2 36 0 0 4 23 1072
Jeurys Familia 47 0 126 46 3 42 6 3 30 0 0 4 33 730
Seth Lugo 47 0 177 76 4 45 7 3 26 0 0 2 14 974
Justin Wilson 30 0 76 26 2 23 3 0 8 0 0 3 11 429
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Wilson Ramos 110 91 0 73 13 6 0 9
Tomas Nido 38 31 1 26 2 3 0 1
Travis d'Arnaud 66 57 0 22 9 1 0 5
Adeiny Hechavarria 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
Amed Rosario 121 117 0 0 0 14 0 0