Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55 ERA) and the New York Mets (69-65) go up against A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (78-55) in the first of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and will air on MAS2 and SNY.

In his most recent outing, Syndergaard pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking two in a 12-1 victory over the Phillies. Jay Bruce (.251, 67 Rs, 28 HRs, 88 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Nationals were unsuccessful the last time Cole pitched. He tossed 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 9-4 loss to the Rockies.

Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Mets have a SU record of 28-25 against teams in their division. New York has averaged 5.6 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.9. The Mets rank fourth in the majors in home runs with 180.

Against divisional opponents, the Nationals are 38-16 SU. The Nationals are one of the top pitching staffs in the NL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 3.8 runs allowed per game. They have a WHIP of 1.176 on the year, good for second in the league.

The Nationals have gotten the best of the Mets in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-4. The Mets will take on a right-hander (Cole) in this game and have a 52-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Nationals will be the right-hander Syndergaard. They sport a 60-42 record against righties.

Predictions: SU Winner - WAS

Notes

The Nationals hold a 38-16 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Mets currently sit at 28-26 in these games.

When leading after seven innings, Washington is 34-24, while New York is 25-27.

The Nationals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 22-33 record when opponents give up two walks or less.

When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 59-14. The Mets have a 48-11 record when outhitting opponents.

Ranking 27th in runs, New York has earned 527 this season. Washington ranks seventh with 640 runs.

Ranking 14th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 410 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 453.

When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 60-35, well-matched with the Nationals who are 61-31 when hitting one or more homers.