Nats on upswing, while Mets try to halt recent funk

washington nationals trending recently while New York Mets going in the wrong direction

They will face each other in the series for the second time this season, beginning a four-game Friday night in Washington.

citizens Have won three of their last four matches. They are coming off an 11-6 win at San Francisco on Wednesday, where they produced a season-high run.

“I hope that continues, because when we are scoring early and often, we are a really good team.” citizens pitcher josiah gray said

mets Lost 5-0 Thursday afternoon at Cincinnati, their ninth loss in their last 12 games

New York has scored two or fewer runs in six of its last eight games.

“It’s tough because we know our guys are capable of doing a lot better offensively,” mets said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s frustrating for everyone. You have to make your own luck sometimes.

if there was a downside to it citizens This week, it was that third baseman Jaimar Candelario departed Wednesday with a sore throat on the basis of a slide.

“We’ll see how he feels on Friday,” Washington manager Davey Martinez said.

Candelario, who starred in the first season mets, batting 4-30 this month. His 1-for-14 homer in the series in New York was his lone hit in the series.

Will start for left-hander McKenzie Gore (3-2, 3.65 ERA) citizens on Friday night. He has pitched six innings in three of his last four starts, averaging 7.5 strikeouts in those four contests.

won against gore mets on April 26, going six innings and giving up one run. Washington won 4–1 in which Gore struck out 10 and the reliever raised the staff’s strikeout total to 15.

Combined with Gray logging seven innings on Wednesday and Thursday, Washington’s pitch should be in good shape for this series. citizens The starter has lasted at least six innings in the last three games

“It’s about pounding the strike zone and not giving up any free passes,” Martinez said.

mets Right-hander Tyler Magill (3-2, 4.33) has been named as their starter. He has failed to complete five innings in two of his last three innings. He has been hampered by control issues as he has drawn seven moves with 10 strikes in those phases.

Megil has suffered citizens five times in the last two seasons, posting a 2–2 record with a 6.52 ERA

new york citizens last month at home, scoring the tying and winning runs in the eighth inning with the only win in the series finale

“We have to find out,” Showalter said. “The boys are pushing, sometimes mistakes happen. You have to focus on the next game.”

mets Catcher Tomas Nido was placed on the injured list on Wednesday due to dry-eye syndrome. Michael Perez was called up from Triple-A Syracuse to fill in, but was not used Thursday and has not played in the majors since last August.

– Field Level Media

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