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NY Mets: Top three Nationals players that I despise the most

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: The Washington Nationals logo on the scoreboard after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: The Washington Nationals logo on the scoreboard after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 05: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals takes a swing during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 05: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals takes a swing during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Anthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon being the player I hate the most from the Nationals might surprise people, but what he has done to the Mets is something I still haven’t gotten over. When the Nationals opted to re-sign Stephen Strasburg over Anthony Rendon I was so happy. I dislike Strasburg a ton and he is a phenomenal pitcher, but Anthony Rendon is better. Especially against the Mets.

In his career, Rendon has slashed .319/.388/.550 with 21 home runs and 83 RBI. He has hit 23 points higher with three more home runs and 14 more RBI against the Mets than he has against any other divisional opponent.

At Citi Field, he somehow has been even better. He has slashed .318/.384/.583 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI. This is by far the most success he has had in any ballpark he didn’t call home.

Rendon always seemed to come up with the big hits for the Nationals when they played the Mets, and he was the guy I never wanted to face. Even in his last year in Washington when Juan Soto also was killing the Mets, Rendon was the guy I never wanted the Mets to pitch to in a big spot.

Rendon has had plenty of huge moments against the Mets. One game I will never forget was the day he went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBI one Sunday afternoon in 2017. Noah Syndergaard started the game and left with an injury early. Rendon and the Nationals took full advantage in a 23-5 rout.

Rendon signing with the Angels means the Mets face him once every three years. My hope is when they play each other it will be in Los Angeles and hopefully, he gets a day off in that series.

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