The New York Mets and Washington Nationals close out a four-game series at Nationals Park. The Nationals won a duel in the first meeting on Thursday night, as Erick Fedde delivered an impressive performance with 2 hits and no earned runs allowed. The Mets couldn’t find a run in that game.
Joey Luchessi held his own with 4 hits and no earned runs allowed, but Fedde was having one of those games. The Mets were able to respond the next day behind a big performance from David Peterson. Peterson pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run to lead the Mets to a 5-1 victory.
The Nationals can win this series after they won the third meeting on Saturday. They defeated the Mets by a score of 6-2 yesterday in the second-half of a doubleheader. Jon Lester got into some trouble at times, but was able to limit the damage through 6 innings. Lester conceded 7 hits and 2 earned runs on the bump.
Mets’ reliever Sean-Reid Foley was hammered for 5 hits and 5 earned in 1.2 innings of work. The Nationals jumped all over him to pull away from the Mets to drop them to 36-28 on the season. Despite the loss, the Mets are still in control of the NL East with a four-game lead on the Philadelphia Phillies. A lot can change in a hurry on the Mets, though. Right now they’re benefiting from playing in a crummy division.
They are the only team that is above .500 at the moment. The Phillies are second with a record of 34-34. Atlanta has been the most disappointing team, as they have a record of 32-35 and just look like a team ready to call it a year and head to the offseason. It’s much too early for that, of course, but their body language has been off all season.
The Mets will turn to Taijuan Walker on Sunday afternoon in the series finale. Walker has been a terrific acquisition for the Mets in 2021. He was on fire in his brief stint with the Blue Jays, and parlayed that success into a contract with the Mets. Patrick Corbin will counter for the Nats. Head below for our free Mets vs. Nationals pick on June 20, 2021
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Taijuan Walker has been better than advertised for the Mets this season. He’s played a big role in getting the Mets to the top of the NL East. Walker was really effective through six starts, but it was only six starts. He posted an ERA of 1.37 in 27 innings. In his time with the Blue Jays, Walker conceded just 4 earned runs.
He was looking for a new contract, and that’s what Walker received from the Mets. Walker has rewarded his employer with some terrific baseball on the mound. Walker boasts an ERA of 2.12 and 1.00 WHIP through 68 innings of work.
He goes into this matchup on Sunday with an ERA of 2.84 and 1.16 WHIP in his last 19 innings. There hasn’t really been any bad spots to speak of for Walker in 2021. He gave up 7 hits and 4 earned runs early on against the Phillies on May 1, but it’s the only start that Walker has allowed 4 earned runs.
In eight of ten performances this season, he’s allowed 2 or fewer earned runs. In his current form, it’s hard to ignore Walker against the Nationals. His counterpart, Patrick Corbin, has talent but has been unable to find consistency. Corbin will look to repair his numbers going forward in the summer months.
He owns an ERA of 5.60 and 1.46 WHIP through 70.7 innings of work. Corbin is coming off a 8-1 win versus the Pirates, but was tagged for 8 hits despite conceding only 1 run. He has allowed at least 3 earned runs in five of his previous six starts. The Mets have been hot against Corbin, with a .344 batting average and .368 OBP in 103 at-bats. Walker and the Mets at this price looks like good value on Sunday afternoon.