New York Mets Series Preview: Cespedes, Conforto & Co. Look To Make Statement In D.C.

Pitching Matchups

Game 1: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75 ERA) v. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86 ERA)

Colon is coming off his worst outing of the season, getting knocked out after 5.0 innings and uncharacteristically being charged with five walks in last weeks matchup versus the Nagging Nats. In fact, this makes two terrible performances in a row for Colon, which usually means the goods are coming.

Gonzalez owns a career 2.59 ERA in 18 career starts against the Mets, so Colon will need to bring his A-game.

Game 2: RHP Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77 ERA) v. RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80 ERA)

It seems like just yesterday when these two were the Aces of Tomorrow, with the man formerly known as the Dark Knight having the Flushing Faithful serenade him with “Harvey’s better!” chants in previous head-to-head brawls. Nowadays, one is a bonafide ace and one is a pitcher having a bit of an identity crisis.

Let’s hope the tides begin to turn as the Mets look to give Stras his first loss of the 2016 campaign.

Game 3: LHP Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81 ERA) v. RHP Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89 ERA)

Steven Matz is 1-B to Noah Syndergaard’s 1-A. He’s an ace in the making. He showed it after missing a start with a sore elbow, tossing 7 dominant innings against the Brewers last Friday. Of course, the Nats and their lefty-hitting lineup will be a tough task for the southpaw.

Matz gave up 7 in 1.2 in his first start of the season against the Miami Marlins. Since then: 6 ER in 40 IP.