Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Preview: Game 144 - Nationals at Mets - Haren vs Wheeler


Washington Nationals (75-69) at New York Mets (64-79) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
D. Haren (R) 26 8-13 5.236.13-84.639/6@MIAL3.0650-212.211.37
Z. Wheeler (R) 15 7-4 3.385.22-35.089/6@CLEL5.0521-218.12.95

Preview:

Zack Wheeler aims for his second win against the Washington Nationals in 12 days on Wednesday Night, when the New York Mets host them for the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field.

The 23-year-old, a former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants, was an 11-3 winner over the Nationals on Aug. 31 after going 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Wheeler took an 8-1 loss at Cleveland in one subsequent start to fall to 7-4 as a rookie.

He's 2-3 in six starts at Citi Field this season, the last of which came Aug. 26 and ended in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. Wheeler's last home win was six days earlier against Atlanta.

Overall, in two previous meetings with the Nationals, he is 1-1 and has given up seven runs on 11 hits in 11 1/3 innings of work, holding Washington batters to a .250 average.



The Nationals won eight of the first 15 games with the Mets in 2013, though New York took two of three in a series from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

The Nationals will send Dan Haren to the mound, who tries to end a two-start skid in which he's failed to last past three full innings.

Dan Haren was ripped for nine hits in seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 31 in an 11-3 loss, which dropped him to 2-3 in 10 career meetings with New York.

In one outing after that, he allowed five runs on six hits in just three innings while dropping a 7-0 decision at Miami.

His last win came Aug. 20 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs and he's just 3-8 in 15 road outings in 2013 with a 4.63 ERA in 81 2/3 innings.

The Nationals won eight of the first 15 games with the Mets in 2013, though New York took two of three in a series from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
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