On Monday, the Washington Nationals open a three-game series on the road versus the New York Mets to conclude the regular season. Washington dropped to 55-103 following an 8-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Washington has lost two straight and four of the last six. The Nationals will finish last in the National League East and currently have the worst record in baseball.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez is batting .247 to lead Washington and has a team high 135 hits. Left fielder Lane Thomas is the leader in home runs with 17, while designated hitter Nelson Cruz is the leader in RBIs with 64 and on-base percentage at .313. On Monday, the Washington Nationals will send Paolo Espino to the mound. The right-hander is 0-8 with a 4.30 ERA, 92 Ks and 22 BBs.
New York dropped to 98-60 following its 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The Mets were knocked out of first place with the loss but will play in the postseason regardless if they win the NL East title or not. New York led the NL East by 10 ½ games on June 1 but could not hold off the second half charge by Atlanta and now has only four games remaining to retake first place.
Second baseman Jeff McNeil is batting .323 to lead New York and has a team-high .379 on-base percentage. First baseman Pete Alonso is the leader in home runs with 40 and RBIs with 131, while shortstop Francisco Lindor is the leader in hits with 168. On Monday, the New York Mets will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound. The right-hander is 15-7 with a 3.95 ERA, 149 Ks and 40 BBs.