Lucas Giolito (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals (45-32) and the New York Mets (40-35) at Nationals Park. The Nationals won the last game 11-4, and Washington leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and can be seen on MASN and SNY.
This is the first time Giolito will pitch this season. Daniel Murphy (.350, 43 Rs, 12 HRs, 50 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. Harvey went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out three in a 4-3 defeat to the Braves in his last outing. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 39 Rs, 18 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Mets, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
No overnight line was available for this game.
The Nationals sit at 25-13 against division rivals, while the Mets have an even 16-16 record against their foes.
The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Mets have a 3-11 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Nationals have a slight leg up on the Mets, as the Nationals have won their last two games while the Mets have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 35-9. The Mets have a 26-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, New York sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 274 this season. Washington ranks in the top half at 14th with 353.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Washington ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .754.
The Mets are 15-22 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 29-26 when they allow at least one homer.