These are the best games each day this week – MLB.com

When the Mets and Nationals played each other eight days ago, it was the first indication that the National League East might end up being a far different race than it was projected to be.

Is it time to recast the whole thing, given what we’ve seen of the Mets and Nationals as well as the Phillies and Braves? OK, let’s not get too far out in front of ourselves. Instead, we’ll just say that the Nationals-Mets series beginning Monday at Citi Field is going to be a litmus test for both clubs.

When the Mets and Nationals played each other eight days ago, it was the first indication that the National League East might end up being a far different race than it was projected to be.

Is it time to recast the whole thing, given what we’ve seen of the Mets and Nationals as well as the Phillies and Braves? OK, let’s not get too far out in front of ourselves. Instead, we’ll just say that the Nationals-Mets series beginning Monday at Citi Field is going to be a litmus test for both clubs.

That’s the beauty of a sport in which the story unfolds in layers, a day, a week and a month at a time. Some managers have schedules mapped out in chunks, setting goals for each.

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We prefer small plates. So with that approach, let’s look at the most intriguing matchup every day this week. (Note: All times Eastern, national broadcast listed where applicable. The rest are available on MLB.TV.).

MONDAY: Nationals at Mets (7:10 p.m.)

Well, now. Who saw this coming? The Mets are a team without a weakness — bullpen, rotation, offense — as the Nationals have stumbled out of the

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