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Friday, May 16, 2014

Preview: Game 41 - Mets (19-21) at Nationals (21-19) - Niese (2-2) vs Roark (2-1)

Preview: Game 41
New York Mets (19-21) at Washington Nationals (21-19)
Pitching Probables - Jon Niese (2-2) 2.17 ERA vs Tanner Roark (2-1) 3.65 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:05 PM

Starters Overall
Starters Last 3
Overall Stats
NY Mets19-2117-17-6.2293.88.346.304
Last 10 Stats
NY Mets3-74- 5-1.2263.62.374.289
Washington4-64- 5-1.2273.59.342.276
Away Stats
NY Mets10-910- 5-4.2594.51.390.326
Washington10-1013- 6-1.2494.34.426.308
Home Stats
NY Mets9-127-12-2.2003.38.302.282


The visiting Mets look to break out of their latest funk at the plate while trying to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Nationals in the opener of this three-game set Friday night.

New York (19-21) is batting .229, tying AL-worst Houston while ranking only better than San Diego's .221. The Mets have also been shut out six times, which trails only the Padres' seven.

New York, though, gained ground on that dubious mark by following Wednesday's 4-0 home loss to the New York Yankees with a 1-0 defeat a day later to split the four-game, two-venue Subway Series.

The Mets are five innings shy of their season-high 23 consecutive scoreless innings from May 5-7, which also was the Mets' longest such streak since going 24 from July 15-17, 2010.

They haven't been blanked in three straight games since July 1992.

The offense has done little to inspire hope of avoiding a similar fate, totaling seven hits over the past two games. The Mets also own a .199 average during their skid to Washington (21-19), losing two of those games via shutout.

David Wright had four hits with one homer and three RBIs as New York was swept in a three-game season-opening series at home by the Nationals. However, he went 0 for 8 in the shutout losses to the Yankees after batting .392 while plating 10 runs during an 11-game hitting streak.

Despite the Mets' recent struggles with Washington, Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.47 ERA in seven career starts against the NL East rival. That includes a 1.67 ERA while winning both decisions over five road meetings.

The left-hander owns the Mets' lowest ERA, and enters this visit to the nation's capital 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his past four starts. Although, he hasn't received a decision in his last two, while being backed by four total runs. The Nats, as a team collectively are batting .315 (40 for 127) with 3 HRs off Niese..

He got one run of support Sunday, allowing three with six strikeouts in six innings before the Mets rallied for a 5-4 win over Philadelphia.

The Nationals are returning home following a 2-4 trip, which was capped Wednesday by a four-run ninth inning to spur a 5-1 win at Arizona.

Giving the ball to Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65) at home may help since he hasn't allowed a run in 22 2/3 innings while going 2-0 over three starts at home dating to last season. That includes a three-hitter in a 4-0 win over San Diego on April 26.

The second-year right-hander, however, followed that by surrendering a career-high seven runs and two homers in four innings of a 7-2 loss at Philadelphia on May 3.

He was much better a week later, yielding one run and two hits while leaving with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 loss in 10 at Oakland.

Roark has won both of his starts against the Mets on the road. The Mets as a team are hitting .295 (13 for 44) vs Roark.

It's gonna be a true test for the Mets as the starting pitchers have not been able to handle the Nationals Bats so far this season... LGM!

NY MetsWashington
- Catcher Travis d`Arnaud (5/14, concussion) is on the 7-day disabled list. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee (5/11, strained right lat muscle) is on the 15-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen (5/6, stomach virus) is on the 15-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Bobby Parnell (4/1, right elbow surgery) is on the 15-day disabled list and will miss the remainder of the season. Starting pitcher Matt Harvey (2/5, right elbow surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list and is expected to miss the entire season. *Shortstop Wilmer Flores (5/16, flu-like symptoms) is questionable for Friday's game against Washington.- First baseman Adam LaRoche (5/10, strained right quadriceps) is on the 15-day disabled list. Left fielder Bryce Harper (4/26, left thumb surgery) is on the 15-day disabled list and is out indefinitely. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (4/13, broken right thumb) is on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Relief pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (3/26, strained lower back) is on the 60-day disabled list. Relief pitcher Erik Davis (2/13, right elbow surgery) is on the 60-day disabled list and will miss the entire season.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Ian Desmond173200005.
Danny Espinosa105100003.500.500.6001.100
Kevin Frandsen104100101.400.400.500.900
Scott Hairston82000111.250.333.250.583
Bryce Harper62000020.333.500.333.833
Adam LaRoche154102603.267.267.7331.000
Nate McLouth32100100.667.7501.0001.750
Tyler Moore93001201.333.333.6671.000
Wilson Ramos62000001.333.333.333.667
Anthony Rendon31000001.333.333.333.667
Denard Span30000000.
Jayson Werth205100018.250.286.300.586
Ryan Zimmerman177100114.412.444.471.915

Matt den Dekker10000001.
Lucas Duda71000013.
Curtis Granderson32200100.667.6671.3332.000
Juan Lagares51100101.200.167.400.567
Daniel Murphy73100110.429.500.5711.071
Anthony Recker21000101.500.500.5001.000
Josh Satin41100012.250.400.500.900
Ruben Tejada51000001.
David Wright31000000.333.333.333.667
Eric Young Jr.72000210.286.375.286.661
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