It's Opening Day, and anything can happen! Even the Mets beating the Nats, right? Just like last year, when they lost 9-7 in ten innings—never mind. For the second year in a row, the National League East rivals open the season against each other. Here's what you need to know going into the contest:
Bartolo Colon will be the Mets' starter today. Colon went 15-13 last year with an 4.09 ERA while striking out 151, the most strikeouts in his career since recording 157 in 2005 with the Angels. For the Nationals, it's Max Scherzer. The 30-year-old was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA last season with the Tigers, and his 18 wins led the American League. He signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nats in the offseason.
How will David Wright fare?
Of course, attention will be on David Wright, whose shoulder issues plagued him throughout the 2014 campaign. Whether those same issues crop up again this season remains to be seen, but the team can ill afford to be without their captain again for extended periods of time.
The struggle has been real against the Nats
The Mets had winning records against all of their division rivals in 2014, except the Nats, who beat the Mets 15 out of 19 times. Washington outscored the Mets 95-52 in those games, including 85-30 in wins. New York is just 15-41 against the Nats in their last three seasons and has not had a season record of .500 or better against them since 2010 (9-9).
The forecast calls for a temperature in the low-to-mid 70s with sun at first pitch in DC, which is pretty much perfect.