Dusty Baker's Washington Nationals snapped their seven-game losing streak with a win in Sunday's series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park.
Baker talked after the game about the importance of finishing the three-game set on a high note after dropping two in a row in San Diego, three straight in Los Angeles and the first two of three in Milwaukee.
"That’s the biggest getaway victory we’ve had this year, and it wasn’t easy," Baker said, as quoted by MASN's Pete Kerzel.
Washington's 3-7 road trip left them 24-20 on the road this year, but the Nationals are back in D.C. now, where they're 20-12 so far this season.
Heading into this week's three-game series with the New York Mets, the Nats are 3-3 after six games with their NL East rivals after winning 2 of 3 in the nation's capital in mid-May and dropping 2 of 3 in Citi Field the following week.
The Mets aren't exactly on fire heading into their series with the Nats either, having won four of their last six and just five of their last ten, but they have won 5 of their last 6 in the Nationals Park.
Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets in the series opener tonight.
Syndergaard, 23, takes the mound tonight in the midst of an eight start (and nine appearance) unbeaten streak, which stretches back to May 11th.
Over the unbeaten streak, the right-hander is (6-0) with a 1.71 ERA, four walks and 61 Ks in 52 ⅔ innings pitched, over which he's held opposing hitters to a combined .228/.243/.345 line.
One of those starts was against the Nationals back on May 17th, which saw the 2010 1st Round pick throw seven scoreless, striking out 10.
Joe Ross starts for the Nats tonight, making his third career start against the Mets after going (0-1) with a 2.84 ERA and a .174/.208/.326 line against in 12 ⅔ IP.
Here's the Nationals' lineup that will take on Syndergaard and back up Ross:
#Nats vs #Mets 1 of 3: Revere CF, Werth LF, Harper RF, Murphy 2B, Ramos C, Zimmerman 1B, Rendon 3B, Espinosa SS, Ross RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) June 27, 2016