Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.60 ERA) takes the mound for the New York Mets (70-66) as they go up against Reynaldo Lopez (2-2, 5.33 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (79-56) in the last of a three-game series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 3-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and will air on ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Lugo pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-4 victory over the Marlins. Yoenis Cespedes (.294, 57 Rs, 27 HRs, 68 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Nationals were unsuccessful the last time Lopez pitched. He struggled, going 2.2 innings, giving up six runs (two unearned), striking out two and walking three in an 8-1 loss to the Orioles. Daniel Murphy (.340, 82 Rs, 25 HRs, 98 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Nationals sit at 39-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Mets are 29-27.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Mets need to step it up. The Nationals have a record of 45-11 when opponents get six hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Mets are 19-51. The Nationals have a 13-32 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, New York ranks sixth with 181 homers and Washington is ninth with 176.
Ranking 15th, New York is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 417 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 457.
The Mets are 60-36 when they hit at least one home run. The Nationals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 61-31 record.