The Nats have won 16 of their past 18 games at Citi Field entering Sunday’s finale of a four-game series.
Manager Terry Collins said he may sit Wilmer Flores for a second straight game.
SUNDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
Gio Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings and outdueled Jonathon Niese as the Nats beat the Mets, 1-0, on Saturday night. The Mets (16-9) have lost six of their last nine games. Collins suggested the Mets and Nats may play many more low-scoring games this season given the quality of their pitching. Juan Lagares was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on Lucas Duda's first-inning double. An overenthusiastic Dilson Herrera also was thrown out as a baserunner. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Record, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
San Francisco Giants executive VP Brian Sabean and a high-level scout from the team have been watching the Mets-Nats series. Sabean announced last month that he planned to do more in-person scouting and hand the day-to-day GM duties to a deputy. Still, with San Francisco in need of starting pitching and a third-base upgrade, his presence at Citi Field may be notable. The Mets have an excess starting pitcher -- Bartolo Colon, Niese or Gee -- as well as Daniel Murphy available.
Noah Syndergaard extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings and Las Vegas beat Reno, 3-0. Wally Backman’s club has won nine straight games. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 1.66. Jared King’s two-run single lifted Binghamton past New Hampshire, 2-1. Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Jhoan Urena had three hits apiece in St. Lucie’s 6-3 win against Bradenton. Josh Prevost allowed four runs as Lakewood blanked Savannah, 4-0. Read the full minor league recap here.
Richard Sandomir in the Times reviews public financial data that suggests a roughly 1.8 percent drop in revenue at Citi Field from 2013 to 2014.
Todd Dewey in the Las Vegas Review-Journal speaks with Mets farm director Ian Levin about the use of analytics in the minors.
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