The New York Mets (26-31) have a glimmer of hope when it comes time for the 2020 Major League Baseball Playoff hunt. Thanks to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals (23-34) and a San Diego Padres victory over the San Francisco Giants that same day.
Now the boys in Blue and Orange will have to sweep the Nationals in the doubleheader that will be played today (Saturday) and get a huge assist from Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies who need to lose the rest of their games. There is another alternative route the Mets can take, which is the Milwaukee Brewers would have to lose at least one of their remaining two games for a chance to be had.
If anything the team who has just been trying to focus on what they can control, will just probably zero in on how to beat the defending World Series Champs who have two very tough pitchers on the mound in Max Scherzer (4-4, 3.67 ERA) in the opener and Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 6.80 ERA) in the game to be played at night. Slated to take the mound for New York will be the duo of Rick Porcello (1-6, 5.46 ERA) and Jacob deGrom (4-2, 2.14 ERA).
The franchise will have to figure out how to get into the playoffs without Michael Conforto, who is on the injured list due to left hamstring tightness in a game that he played on Sunday.
It will be interesting to see who will step up for New York, as they have not been able to figure out Scherzer who has been able to throw a no-hitter against New York in a doubleheader which was played on October 3, 2015. If he is able to earn a victory against the Mets in the opener, Scherzer will be able to finish .500 for the 11th straight season and tie with Clayton Kershaw for the longest active streak.
deGrom is still in the hunt for his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award and will hope to replicate his last outing, which was a Seven Inning 14-stikeout performance to assist him with that bid.
The games between the Mets and the Nationals are set for 3:05 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. with the action airing on the SNY and MASN Network.
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