MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs. Mets, 1:40 P.M.

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday, September 4, 2022 • 1:40 P.M.
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP Erick Fedde (5-9, 5.29 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (13-5, 3.92 ERA)

The New York Mets will try to bounce back today from a frustrating game last night. Max Scherzer looked good through five innings, but left after throwing only 67 pitches due to fatigue in his left side. As a precaution, he did not want to push through it.

The Mets’ bats, though, couldn’t string anything together against Patrick Corbin. Going into the 9th inning, the Mets were down 2-1 and there was still a chance they could muster a comeback but then Adonis Medina faltered  and the Nationals won 7-1.

Nationals Lineup

Carlos Carrasco returns from the injured list looking to help the Mets rebound. Over 23 starts and 126 1/3 innings, Carrasco has a 3.92 ERA, 3.65 FIP, 1.298 WHIP and a 99 ERA+. July was an excellent month for Carrasco, as he allowed three earned runs over 30 innings of work (five starts), posting a 0.90 ERA and 2.65 WHIP. He was a bit more down to Earth in his two full starts in August allowing five runs over 12 2/3 innings.

This will be Carrasco’s fourth start against the Nationals this season. Over his first three starts. he’s allowed three runs via 13 hits and five walks while striking out 15 batters in 17 1/3 innings (1.56 ERA). The Nationals have the following career numbers against him:

  • Nelson Cruz, 13-for-35, 3 2B, 5 HR, 4 BB, 11 K
  • Cesar Hernandez, 0-for-9, 4 K
  • Yadiel Hernández, 0-for-8, BB, 2 K
  • Victor Robles, 1-for-5, 2 K
  • Luke Voit, 0-for-3, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Luis Garcia, 1-for-3, K
  • Keibert Ruiz, 0-for-2, K
  • Carter Kieboom, 0-for-1

Mets Lineup

The Mets’ bats will try to find themselves against Erick Fedde today. Over 21 starts and 100 1/3 innings, Fedde has a 5.29 ERA, 4.93 FIP, 1.565 WHIP and a 74 ERA+. He’s coming off of a start where he allowed six runs via nine hits and a walk over 2 2/2 innings. Before that, he had a fairly solid set of three starts in a row where he allowed seven runs over 15 innings from 16 hits and 8 walks.

Fedde has faced the Mets twice this season. In his first start of the season, he allowed two runs from five hits and walked two over five innings. Then, at the end of May, he allowed six runs from eight hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Brandon Nimmo, 5-for-22, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Pete Alonso, 6-for-14, 2 2B, 5 BB, 2 K
  • Jeff McNeil, 6-for-15, 2B, 2 BB, K
  • Francisco Lindor, 5-for-14, HR, BB, K
  • Eduardo Escobar, 3-for-11, 2B, K
  • Tomás Nido, 0-for-10, 5 K
  • Starling Marte, 3-for-8, 2B, HR, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach, 0-for-3, 2 BB, K
  • Mark Canha, 3-for-3

Games Notes

The Mets lead over the Atlanta Braves shrunk to 2.0 games last night. Today, the Braves play the Miami Marlins at 1:35 P.M. with Max Fried on the mound. Pablo Lopez is pitching for Miami.

The Mets are 44-20 against the NL East this season. New York’s .688 winning percentage in the division is the highest in franchise history.

The Mets are 15-3 in rubber games this season. According to Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the best winning percentage (.833) in such games this season.

The Mets have won nine of their last 10 games during the day.

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