Game 25 lineups: Nats vs. Mets (updated)

The tide has turned for the Nationals, who in the last 48 hours have not only lost Adam Eaton to a season-ending ACL tear but also have lost two straight to the previously collapsing Mets. Now they need a win today just to avoid a three-game sweep.

They’ll be asking Joe Ross to bounce back from a ragged start in Colorado in which the right-hander lost velocity and appeared to lose stamina earlier than normal. Was that the thin Coors Field air or cause for concern? We’ll perhaps get a better answer this afternoon.

Noah Syndergaard, who was scratched from his start Thursday, returns to the mound for the Mets. The key, as always, with the big right-hander: Get on base and then take advantage of his slow delivery to the plate by attempting as many reasonable stolen bases as possible.

Update: Jayson Werth and Michael A. Taylor have swapped spots in the lineup, with Werth moving up to the No. 2 hole and Taylor sliding down to seventh.

ross-pitching-red-sidebar.jpgNEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 184/869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees, wind 9 mph in from right field

NATIONALS (16-8)
SS Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Anthony Rendon
CF Michael A. Taylor
C Matt Wieters
RHP Joe Ross

METS (10-13)
LF Michael Conforto
SS José Reyes
RF Jay Bruce
2B Neil Walker
CF Curtis Granderson
1B T.J. Rivera
C René Rivera
3B Matt Reynolds
RHP Noah Syndergaard

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