Bryce Harper fans in Washington might want to tune-in for the rest of Nationals games. His last week as a National may be upon us, as Harper heads for free agency in the offseason. I think it’s pretty simple with him. Whoever is willing to give him the biggest contract will see him in their clubhouse. I don’t know if the Nationals are that team. In any case, the Nationals have a small chance of reaching the postseason, so it’s not a sure thing that September will be his final call in Washington.
A doomsday scenario is pretty likely, though. They’d need to catch fire and hope for teams in front of them to fall and hit their heads on the ground. An unlikely scenario, but the Nats are still statistically alive for a wildcard. They have to take it one game at a time, and they have their ace Max Scherzer on the bump against the Mets tonight.
The Mets have been playing better baseball, but it’s not going to equate to a postseason appearance. They looked like the same team we saw in the first-half of the season. The pitching wasn’t bad, but the offense couldn’t figure out how to hit. Syndergaard got zero run support from his offense, as Zach Eflin was too much for them to handle. Eflin gave up 3 hits and no runs in a 4-0 win for the Phillies.
Just like the Nationals, their postseason situations is desperate, but a win last night was necessary. The Braves won as well, so they keep pace with them. Trading wins isn’t going to get them anywhere, though. Despite the win for the Phillies, they are still in a hole with the Nationals. Don’t expect them to come out of it either. Jason Vargas will get the start for the Mets, as he looks to tame the Nationals’ bats. He may have to with Scherzer getting the call for the Nats. Head below for our free Mets vs. Nationals pick.
N.Y. Mets vs. Washington Nationals Pick
Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.47 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.53 ERA)
Jason Vargas went on a nice little run for the Mets in the second-half. However, he’s still been a bit shaky and prone to inconsistent pitching. Two starts ago he got dinged for 6 hits and 4 runs against the Dodgers and came back to allow 2 runs to the Marlins. His most impressive outing of the second-half came against his opponent tonight, the Washington Nationals.
Vargas allowed just 3 hits and no runs across 6 innings of work in a 3-0 win. That was at home, though, where on average, Vargas has been respectable. On the road he has fallen pretty hard. Vargas has posted an ERA of 7.61 and 1.69 WHIP on the road. Vargas brings an ERA of 4.30 and 1.23 WHIP in his previous three starts. Considering where he was heading in the first-half, that’s not bad for Vargas.
Problem being, he might have to be flawless against the Nationals. Scherzer is on the bump for the Nats, and while he hasn’t looked perfect recently, this could be a nice layup for Scherzer against a bad Mets’ offense. Max has posted an ERA of 5.40 and 1.20 WHIP in his last three tilts. The Mets haven’t had the best experience against Scherzer in their careers. In 186 at-bats, they are hitting just .188. While the Cy Young is out of reach for Scherzer now, he should be able to provide us with a dazzling performance against the Mets on Thursday.