The Mets (48-44) head to Washington for a 3 game series against the first place Nationals (49-41). While the Nats hold a 2 game lead on the Mets in the NL East, the Nationals offense, aside from Harper, is just as putrid as the Mets. If the Mets can somehow win this tough divisional road series, it should be a sign of good things to come.
Can the Mets fearsome trio storm into Washington and take this series? The Mets will be marching out Harvey, deGrom and Syndergaard to take on the Nationals in their 3 game set and there is no better time for the orange and blue to establish dominance in the NL East than these next three games. While Harvey had his ups and downs in the first half, he still holds an impressive 3.07 ERA with 109 strikeouts over 111.1 innings in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. deGrom will be fresh off of his first All-Star Game appearance where he deGrominated the opposition by striking out all three batters faced on just 10 pitches and Thor dropped the hammer the first game out of the break and took another hard luck loss thanks to the Mets lack of offense.
How long can the Nationals ride Harper offensively? There is no denying the dominant first half power display the Harper put on. Whether it is due to finally being able to stay healthy or just a long hot streak, Harper was clearly the NL’s first half MVP. However, without Harper, the Nationals offense is not that different than the Mets. Taking that into consideration, I guarantee that Harper will be seeing less and less to hit as the second half goes on. They have suffered many injuries on the offensive side and as we see with the Mets, dominant pitching can only take you so far without a steady offense.
Can the Mets score more than 2 runs a game against Zimmermann, Gio and whoever else is thrown out there? While Gonzalez is far from a dominant pitcher, he has dominated the Mets in his career. Over the last 3 years, Gio is 7-4 with a 3.31 ERA against the Mets but most importantly has held them to a .195 BAA and struck out 72 Mets in 73.2 innings. Zimmermann, while not nearly as dominant as last season, is another pitcher who owns the Mets. Since 2012, Zimmermann is 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA versus the Mets and have held their hitters to a 2.34 AVG. Hopefully the Mets can take advantage of a diminished Nationals offense and take advantage of missing Scherzer in this go around.