Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed Sunday that Jacob Turner will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start on Monday against the Rockies in Colorado.
The Nationals were forced to shuffle their rotation with Stephen Strasburg going on paternity leave and Baker didn't want one of the club's prospects to be forced into making their MLB debut against the Rockies at Coors Field. Turner owns a career 5.09 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 323 1/3 big league innings and will be a popular target to attack in daily fantasy on Monday.
Daniel Murphy belted a grand slam in the first inning on Sunday, powering the Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Mets and a three-game sweep of the weekend series.
A hit-batsmen, an infield single and a sharp single loaded the bases in the first inning and Murphy unloaded them by taking Zack Wheeler over the wall in right-center on a 1-0 pitch. It was his only hit in four at-bats on Sunday but proved to be the difference. He's now hitting .324/.359/.541 with three homers and 14 RBI on the season.
Ryan Zimmerman crushed his sixth home run of the season as the Nationals bested the Mets on Sunday night in New York.
Zimmerman's two-run blast came courtesy of Josh Smoker and increased the Nationals' advantage to 6-3 in the eighth inning. He has been on fire at the plate to start the 2017 campaign, slashing .387/.441/.774 with six long balls and 16 RBI. He should be owned and started in even the shallowest of mixed leagues at this point.
Koda Glover earned a save for the second consecutive game on Sunday, retiring all three hitters he faced to preserve a three-run lead against the Mets.
Glover earned his first career save when he recorded the final out of Saturday's game against the Mets and it's interesting that he's the guy Dusty Baker turned to in this one with Shawn Kelley also available in the Nationals' bullpen. Glover now boasts a 2.35 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 6/1 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings.
Max Scherzer earned his third victory of the season on Sunday night, limiting the Mets to three runs on five hits over his eight frames.
The reigning National League Cy Young award winner racked up nine strikeouts on the night while walking only one. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Michael Conforto swatting a leadoff homer and Neil Walker adding a two-run blast in the third. He was in complete command after that though and retired the final 16 hitters he faced. Scherzer now sports a fantastic 1.98 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33/8 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 innings. He'll do battle against the Mets again his next time out at home on Friday.
Michael Conforto swatted a leadoff homer off Max Scherzer on Sunday but it wasn't enough to lead the Mets to victory over the Nationals.
Conforto actually had Scherer's number the entire evening, adding a pair of singles to finish the night 3-for-4. At this point, given the injuries that the Mets have endured, it has to be impossible for manager Terry Collins to keep Conforto out of the lineup. With the three-hit effort he's now hitting .361/.432/.722 with four homers and eight RBI.
Neil Walker clubbed his second home run of the season as the Mets fell to the Nationals on Sunday night.
Walker's two-run shot off of Max Scherzer in the third inning pulled the Mets to within a run at 4-3, but that was as close as they would get in the ballgame. Walker finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .206/.295/.338 with eight RBI on the season.
Zack Wheeler overcame a difficult first inning on Sunday to give the Mets seven strong innings of four-run ball against the Nationals.
Wheeler was behind from the get-go in this one, grazing Adam Eaton with a pitch to lead off the game before allowing an infield single to Trea Turner and a single to Bryce Harper. After getting Ryan Zimmerman on strikes, Daniel Murphy unloaded the bases with one mighty swing. Wheeler didn't lose his composure though, allowing just two additional hits and one walk through the seventh inning, striking out six in the process. While his 5.40 ERA looks troublesome at a glance, he owns a 1.11 WHIP and 21/6 K/BB ratio across 21 2/3 innings. Expect better results in a rematch against these Nationals in Washington on Saturday.