Monday, June 27, 2016

MLB Preview: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - 6/27/2016 - 7:05 PM EST

MLB Preview: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals - Date: 6/27/2016 Time: 07:05 P.M. EST Venue: Nationals Park   WASHINGTON -- The top two teams in the National League East limp into a three-game series on Monday in the nation's capital. Sports Betting Handicapping. The biggest thorn this month for the second-place New York Mets (40-34) has been injuries, while the first-place Washington Nationals (44-32) are coming off a terrible three-city road trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. Mets manager terry Collins is looking at this as an opportunity." It's a tremendous situation, one we're very fortunate to be in. MLB Baseball Handicappers. That's what we keep telling these guys," he said. "We're two games back in the loss column. We'll take it. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. That's why I say the worst-case scenario going into the All-St ar break is don't lose any more ground. ... In the next 14 days we've got a lot of work ahead of us." The Nationals had lost seven games in a row before winning 3-2 on Sunday in Milwaukee as role players Jose Lobaton and Clint Robinson hit homers in starting roles. It was the longest losing streak for Washington since the Nationals lost eight games in a row in 2009. Free MLB Baseball Picks. The Nationals, who are three games ahead of the Mets, ended the road trip with a record of 3-7 after winning the first two in San Diego." Go home and get ourselves together. We just have to play ball," Washington manager Dusty Baker said on 106.7 The Fan, the flagship station of the Nationals. "Tighten our belts and come together. Some day you (will) look back at this as something that unites us. Circle the wagons ... and pull for each other." Right-hander Noah Syndergaard wi ll start on Monday for the Mets and he brings a record of 8-2 with an ERA of 2.08 into the game. He was removed after six innings in his last start on Wednesday against Kansas City. He had a MRI on his right elbow and it showed no structural damage and he was treated with inflammatory medication to relief some pain. Best Sports Handicapping Services. The Mets roster will be a lot different from the one that appeared in Washington from May 23-25. New York has had several players either go on the disabled list or miss time of late. On Saturday the Mets sent outfielder Michael Conforto, a postseason hitting star last year, to Triple-A Las Vegas. He was hitting .222 this year for the Mets in 216 at-bats but was hitting .128 in his last 15 games. Also on Saturday the Mets signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract. Profitable MLB Baseball Handicap pers. The former Met had been with Colorado before he was released by the Rockies following a suspension after a domestic abuse case. On Tuesday, catcher Travis d'Arnaud came off the disabled list on the same day the Mets sent catcher Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets placed third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list on June 3, retroactive to May 30, with a herniated disk in his neck. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes missed a game last week, before he returned to the lineup Friday, with a sore wrist that needed a cortisone shot. Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and right fielder Curtis Granderson were out of the lineup for a rest Sunday. "Both needed a day," Collins told reporters in Atlanta. The Nationals, meanwhile, are coming off a rough road trip. Washington won the first two games of the trip at San Diego, then lost the last two to split the four-game series. Then on June 20 in Los Angeles the Nationals had to scratch starting p itcher Stephen Strasburg from his start against Clayton Kershaw with upper back tightness about 90 minutes before the game. Washington lost that game and the next two in the series, then lost the first two games of the series in Milwaukee before winning Sunday as Shawn Kelley got the save for the Nationals after starter Tanner Roark went seven shutout innings. Strasburg (10-0) was slated to start on Sunday in Milwaukee, but before the game he was placed on the disabled list (retroactive to June 16), and Roark made the start against the Brewers. Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals normal closer, has been on the disabled list since June 14 but could begin a minor league rehab stint as early as Monday, according to The Washington Post. Class A Potomac, about 30 miles south of Washington, is an affiliate of the Nationals and begins a brief three-game homestand Monday and that could be a landing spot for Papelbon.