Nats (24-16) vs. Mets (22-17) at Citi Field
After the Nationals blew out the Mets on Wednesday night, they enter Thursday's series finale with a chance to take the first series between the two teams of 2016. In order to do so, they'll have to top Matt Harvey (3-5, 4.93), who despite being off to an awful start this season boasts a 1.77 ERA in 10 career starts against them.
Starting for the Nats will be Stephen Strasburg (6-0, 2.93) who has pitched much better than Harvey so far this season. The Nats have won all nine of his starts in 2016.
One matchup to keep an eye out for is Harvey vs. Bryce Harper. The two superstars have faced each other 23 times and Harper has yet to land a hit off the Mets right-hander. Is tonight the night he breaks through, or will Harvey pitch around him like so many have recently? Should be fun to watch.
First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
TV: MASN, MLBN (out of market)
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Stephen Strasburg vs. Mets - Matt Harvey
CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Stephen Strasburg
RF Curtis Granderson
3B David Wright
LF Michael Conforto
CF Yoenis Cespedes
1B Lucas Duda
2B Neil Walker
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
C Kevin Plawecki
RHP Matt Harvey
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.