Making a push for his third straight NL Cy Young Award, deGrom struck out 14 Braves hitters in his last start and comes into Saturday with a 2.14 era and 94 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched.
Porcello, meanwhile, also faced the Braves in his previous start, allowing one run and three hits while striking out 10 over seven innings. He’s allowed three runs in 13 innings pitched against the Nationals this season.
With just one Wild Card spot up for grabs, the Mets sit 2.5 games back of the Giants for the eighth and final seed in the National League. They’ll not only need to catch San Francisco, but also need to leapfrog the Phillies and Brewers with just two days remainder in the regular season.
It’s the longest of long shots, but deGrom will look to take the first step when he toes the rubber at 3:05 p.m. Max Scherzer will get the start for the Nationals in Game 1, while Anibal Sanchez will pitch Game 2.