Nationals (92-60) vs. Mets (65-87) Series Info:
Game 1: Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7 The Fan)
Game 2: Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7)
Game 3: Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1:10 p.m. EST (MASN/106.7)
Friday: Edwin Jackson (5-6, 4.96 ERA) vs. Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.22)
Saturday: Stephen Strasburg (14-4, 2.60) vs. Matt Harvey (5-6, 6.59)
Sunday: Max Scherzer (15-6, 2.59) vs. Jacob deGrom (15-9, 3.55)
What to watch for:
Is Edwin Jackson’s postseason roster spot in jeopardy?
Through his first eight starts with the Nats this season, Edwin Jackson was cruising to a 2.94 ERA while averaging just over six innings per appearance.
Since then, however, Jackson has allowed 16 earned runs in 11.1 innings (12.71 ERA) across three starts — good for an average of 3.78 frames per outings.
With several arms like Joe Blanton, Sammy Solis and A.J. Cole pitching much better over the past month, the races for the last few bullpen spots on the playoff roster are far from over.
Trea Turner having no problem shaking off the rust from injury
When Trea Turner and Jayson Werth were activated off the disabled list at the end of August, it was fair to be nervous about whether they’d be able to replicate their production from before their injuries.
While Werth has gotten off to a slow start (.123 BA in 16 games), Turner has a .294/.368/.553 line with three home runs, nine doubles, a pair of triples, 18 runs scored and seven stolen bases over 22 games.
Turner already broke the Nats’ single-season stolen base record with his 42nd of the year when he stole two bags Tuesday, giving the Nats everything they could ask for at the top of the lineup with the playoffs right around the corner.
What does the future hold for Matt Harvey?
It’s been a forgettable season for Matt Harvey, who has yet to replicate his 2013 form, when he made his sole All-Star Team, since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October of that season.
After missing all of 2014 recovering from the injury, Harvey pitched well in 2015 but tossed 216 innings between the regular season and playoffs — the most ever by a pitcher coming off Tommy John.
He’s never been the same since, posting a 5.68 ERA in 177.1 innings over the past two years combined.
Harvey will hit free agency after next season, but doesn’t look like a top candidate for a large contract with the way he’s declined over the past two seasons.
Who to watch out for: Brandon Nimmo
With Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores and David Wright all expected to be out for the season with separate injuries, the Mets have lost a lot off firepower offensively.
Quietly putting together a strong rookie season is outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the owner of a .268 batting average, 11 extra-base hits and 21 runs scored in 59 games this year.
Nimmo has also hit the Nats well this season, posting an .810 OPS with eight hits in seven games against them.