VIDEO: New York Mets Manager Luis Rojas shares these thoughts with the media prior to the game against the Washington Nationals on 8/5
It hasn’t been easy for the New York Mets (4-8) as they conclude what has been a tough stretch thus far in the month of August. New York has lost the last three to their National League East Rivals the Atlanta Braves before traveling to Washington D.C. and losing a tough 5-3 game to the reigning World Series Champions the Washington Nationals (4-4).
This will be the second road trip of the season for the Mets and the team as a whole will now get to enjoy some well earned time off on Thursday before returning to Citi Field on Friday for the start of a seven game homestand against the Miami Marlins (three games) and the Washington Nationals (four games).
It will be an interesting matchup on the mound as the Mets will send righty Rick Porcello (0-1, 13.50 ERA) to the mound to take on Nationals righty Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.84 ERA) . Porcello has not had a chance to really get settled in so far, averaging a walk per inning. Scherzer, meanwhile who threw a no-hitter against the Mets in 2015, is 10-5 with a 2.63 ERA in 20 career starts against New York.
Prior to the game against the Nationals the Mets announced that they acquired Ariel Jurado from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later and cash. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Ryan Cordell has be designated for assignment. Jurado will be heading to the team’s alternate training site located in Brooklyn, New York.
A ton of the team is starting to get back in the groove when it comes time for offense as J.D. Davis is on a nine-game hitting streak, having a .444 (11-31) average, recording four runs, a double, two homers, six RBIs, four walks and a 1.025 OPS. Michael Conforto has safely reached base in all 12 games this season, holding a .318 average (14-44) with six runs, two homers, six walks and two steals.
Continuing to impress in his rookie campaign as been infielder Andres Gimenez who has a .333 (7-21) average with two runs, a triple, an RBI, two steals in 11 games. Thus far Gimenez is all over the MLB rookie leaderboard holding first in steals (2), tied for first in hits (7), second in slugging (.429) and in total bases (9).
Game Time for the Mets and Nationals will start at 6:05 p.m. and fans interested in seeing the action can do so on the SNY Network in New York and the MASN Network for fans in the Washington D.C. area.
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