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Monday, May 19, 2014

Recap: Game 43 - Mets (3) at Nationals (6) - Mets drop another one in DC


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W: J. Zimmermann (3-1) L: Z. Wheeler (1-4) S: R. Soriano (10)
HR: NYM - None   WAS - I. Desmond (7)

Recap:

Wilson Ramos went 2-for-3 with four RBI as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets, 6-3, on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Ramos made a winner out of Jordan Zimmermann (3-1), who pitched six innings and surrendered three runs on eight hits. Rafael Soriano came on to pitch the ninth and nailed down his 10th save of the season.

Ian Desmond homered and Kevin Frandsen added the other RBI for Washington, which has won three of four.

Juan Centeno added two RBI for the Mets, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Washington with its win on Saturday.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler (1-4) took the loss after allowing five runs -- three earned -- on six hits with five strikeouts over six innings.

Lucas Duda doubled to lead off the second and Centeno singled him home with two outs to open the scoring.

Desmond responded in the home half with a leadoff blast to left-center.

With two outs in the third, the Nats broke the tie after a two-run double by Ramos.

Anthony Rendon reached on a slow roller to third and Jayson Werth made it to first after an error by Ruben Tejada at shortstop.

Ramos then split the gap in left-center with a double that plated Rendon and Werth.

Washington added to its cushion with another pair of runs in the fifth, and again it was Ramos who did the damage. The Nats loaded the bases with no outs before Werth popped out to shallow center.

Ramos then followed with a single to left that plated Zimmermann, who opened the inning with a single, and Denard Span.

New York cut the deficit in half in the sixth after a run-scoring bloop single from Juan Lagares and an RBI single by Centeno. The Mets ran themselves out of the inning, however, after Centeno was nabbed at second trying to move up on his hit.

Washington added an insurance run in the eighth off Daisuke Matsuzaka. Ramos walked to lead off the frame, then Desmond slapped a single into right that enabled Ramos to move over to third.

Tyler Moore lined out to third in the next at-bat before Frandsen pushed Ramos across with a groundout to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Prior to the game, Washington placed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez on the 15- day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. The club recalled Ryan Mattheus from Triple-A Syracuse ... Each team went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded five men on base.

Box Score:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Preview: Game 43 - Mets (20-22) at Nationals (22-20) - Wheeler (1-3) vs Zimmermann (2-1)


Preview: Game 43
New York Mets (20-22) at Washington Nationals (22-20)
Pitching Probables - Zack Wheeler (1-3) 4.53 ERA vs Jordan Zimmermann (2-1) 3.59 ERA
TV - SNY - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:35 PM

Preview:

After the New York Mets ended their long losing streak against the Washington Nationals, starter Zack Wheeler will look to put an end to a personal winless stretch that has lasted more than a month.

Wheeler takes the hill Sunday as the Mets and Nationals complete their three-game series in the nation's capital.

New York (20-22) dropped Friday's opener 5-2, marking its ninth consecutive defeat against Washington and extending its overall losing streak to three. It got on the board early Saturday, though, scoring three in the first inning before Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer in the third for a 5-2 victory.

Lagares, who also had an RBI single in the first before robbing Jayson Werth of a homer in the sixth in center field, entered in a 5-for-27 (.185) slump and had been benched for the last two games.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA), winless in his last five starts since beating Arizona on April 14, is looking to get back on track after another rough outing.

The right-hander has pitched fewer than five innings in two of his last three starts, including giving up five runs and walking six over 4 1/3 innings of the Mets' 12-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Wheeler went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine road starts as a rookie last season, but he's just 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five outings away from home in 2014.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA), winless in his last five starts since beating Arizona on April 14, is looking to get back on track after another rough outing.

The right-hander has pitched fewer than five innings in two of his last three starts, including giving up five runs and walking six over 4 1/3 innings of the Mets' 12-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Wheeler went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine road starts as a rookie last season, but he's just 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five outings away from home in 2014.

The Nationals (22-20) had a 3.03 ERA that ranked third in the majors May 7, but they've posted a 4.52 mark over their last eight. Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound in this contest looking to improve on that mark after a rough outing of his own.

Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59) pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings over his previous two starts -- one interrupted by a rain delay -- before giving up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings as Washington rallied for a 6-5 win over Arizona on Monday.

The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA over his previous five starts and believed he had solid stuff against the Diamondbacks.

He is 2-3 with a 2.64 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Mets, allowing three runs or fewer nine times but receiving a total of 16 runs of support in that span.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Happy Recap: Game 42 - Mets (5) at Nationals (2) - Juan Lagares Day!, Mets Win!


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W: B. Colon (3-5) L: G. Gonzalez (3-4) S: J. Mejia (1)
HR: NYM - J. Lagares (2)   WAS - I. Desmond (6)

Recap:

Juan Lagares homered, drove in three runs and provided his usual gold-glove caliber defense to help the New York Mets take down the Washington Nationals, 5-2, in the middle test of a three-game set from Nationals Park.

Eric Campbell drove in two runs for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing skid. Lagares, Campbell and Daniel Murphy all had two hits and scored once.

Bartolo Colon (3-5) had Washington off-balance for most of the afternoon, tossing eight strong innings of five-hit, two-run ball with five strikeouts. Jenrry Mejia, who won his first three decisions of the season as a starter, pitched out of the pen for the third time and recorded his first major league save with a scoreless ninth. Mejia had just one save in his professional career -- a minor league save in 2007 while playing in the Dominican summer league -- to this point.

Washington had won the first four meetings between the two clubs this season.

The recent struggles continued for Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (3-4), who surrendered seven runs on nine hits against the Athletics in his last start. It wasn't much better this time around, as Gonzalez exited after yielding five runs in three innings to absorb the loss.

Gonzalez struck out leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. to start the contest, but it was all downhill from there. Murphy and David Wright singled and Chris Young walked to load the bags for Campbell, whose single to center made it 2-0. Young moved to third on Campbell's poke and scored when Lagares slapped a pitch the other way to right one batter later.

Campbell singled with one away in the third inning for Lagares, who extended the margin to 5-0 when he took a 3-2 Gonzalez offering over the wall in left- center.

Ian Desmond's two-run shot to left in the bottom of the fourth made it 5-2, and Jayson Werth nearly made it 5-3 with a solo shot two innings later, but Lagares made sure that didn't happen.

Werth, who ended Friday's contest by robbing Murphy of a potential game-tying homer, started the sixth by drilling a pitch to the wall in center that looked destined to clear the wall. Lagares tracked it the whole way and leaped, grabbing the ball at his highest point and keeping it in the ballpark.

Werth led off the ninth with a single up the middle against Mejia, but Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa struck out around a Desmond grounder into a fielders' choice.

Game Notes

The Mets moved to 11-10 on the road this season but still find themselves two games under .500 on the season ... Desmond had two of Washington's six hits ... The Nationals went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Todays' Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 42


Todays' Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 42

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Chris Young, rf
  5. Eric Campbell, 1b
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Wilmer Flores, ss
  9. Bartolo Colon, rhp

Preview: Game 42 - Mets (19-22) at Nationals (22-19) - Colon (2-5) vs Gonzalez (3-3)


Preview: Game 42
New York Mets (19-22) at Washington Nationals (22-19)

Pitching Probables - Bartolo Colon (2-5) 5.84 ERA vs Gio Gonzalez (3-3) 3.97 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:05 PM

Stats
Starters Overall
W/LIPWHIPKOHRERA
B.Colon2-549.11.443866335.84
G.Gonzalez3-347.21.244941213.97
Starters Last 3
W/LIPWHIPKOHRERA
B.Colon0-217.11.731228178.31
G.Gonzalez0-217.21.422018115.61
Overall Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets19-2217-17-7.2293.87.345.304
Washington22-1921-16-4.2513.27.395.315
Last 10 Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets3-74- 5-1.2283.59.363.296
Washington5-54- 4-2.2443.65.361.289
Away Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets10-1010- 5-5.2574.46.386.325
Washington10-1013- 6-1.2494.34.426.308
Home Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets9-127-12-2.2003.38.302.282
Washington12-98-10-3.2522.30.364.321

Preview:

The Washington Nationals are on the brink of matching their longest winning streak over the New York Mets.

Gio Gonzalez looks to continue his dominance over the Mets and lead the Nationals to a 10th straight win in the series Saturday.

With a 5-2 win in Friday's opener, Washington (22-19) moved within one victory of matching the franchise's longest winning streak in the all-time series, set by the Montreal Expos from 1979-80.

Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97 ERA) has put together his own dominant stretch against the Mets (19-22), going 6-0 with a 1.61 ERA in seven starts. He's won three straight while yielding one run and seven hits with 21 strikeouts in 22 innings.

The left-hander connected for a solo homer off Bartolo Colon -- Saturday's scheduled starter -- while allowing one run and three hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 5-1 win April 2.

Gonzalez, though, is 0-2 with a 5.16 ERA over his last four starts, and his latest was his worst of the season. He surrendered seven runs and nine hits -- two homers -- while being pulled with one out in the fifth inning of Sunday's 9-1 loss at Oakland.

Facing the Mets could be just what Gonzalez is looking for since they're among the worst offensive teams in baseball with a .229 average. They've been even worse during a three-game slide, batting .152 while their two runs Friday ended a stretch of 22 consecutive scoreless innings.

The offensive issues caused manager Terry Collins to bench Juan Lagares in favor of Bobby Abreu on Friday. Abreu went 1 for 2 with two walks, but Lagares is expected to return to center field, potentially moving Curtis Granderson to right and Abreu to the bench.

Lagares is 5 for 27 (.185) in his last 11 games, but he's 5 for 11 with four extra-base hits and four runs in four meetings with Washington this year. He doubled and tripled in three at-bats versus Gonzalez on April 2.

Having Colon (2-5, 5.84) prevent the opposition from scoring would also help.

The right-hander, who turns 41 next week, is 0-2 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts this month -- all on the road. At Yankee Stadium on Monday, he surrendered seven runs and 11 hits -- including a grand slam -- in 5 2/3 innings while not getting a decision in a 9-7 win.

Colon has served up a team-high eight homers after allowing 14 with Oakland last year.

Mets have to hit, Colon has to Pitch well in this one.... LGM!


Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 41 - Mets (2) at Nationals (5) - Mets stunned in Washington


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W: T. Roark (3-1) L: J. Niese (2-3) S: R. Soriano (9)
HR: NYM - None   WAS - None

Recap:

Tyler Moore drove in two runs and Washington's bullpen tossed four scoreless innings to help the Nationals take the opener of a three-game set from the New York Mets, 5-2, on Friday from Nationals Park.

Tanner Roark (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over five innings for Washington, which improved to 4-0 against the Mets this season. Ross Detwiler, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard all pitched a scoreless inning to hold the lead for Rafael Soriano, who survived a scare in the ninth to post his ninth save of the season.

After retiring the first two batters he faced, Soriano walked the next two and Daniel Murphy put a drive into the first pitch he saw only to have a jumping Jayson Werth catch it at the wall in right to end the game.

Moore, Werth and Scott Hairston all finished with two hits for the Nationals, while Werth, Hairston and Wilson Ramos drove in a run each in the triumph.

Jonathon Niese's (2-3) shortest outing of the season ended after surrendering five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in four innings of work.

His previous season-low in innings pitched was 5 2/3 in his first start of the year on April 6.

Denard Span led off the bottom of the first with a single to right. David Wright's error at third allowed Anthony Rendon to reach base and Werth plated the game's first run with a single to left. Ramos then sent a sacrifice fly into center to plate Rendon.

Niese wasn't out of trouble yet, though, as he walked Ian Desmond and served up a single to Hairston to load the bags. Murphy bobbled Tyler Moore's sharp grounder to second, allowing Werth to score before the inning ended as Hairston was forced out at second and Desmond was caught in a rundown between third base and home.

After inducing three grounders to escape the second inning unscathed, Niese got into trouble again in the third as the Nats pushed two more runs across. Ramos started the rally with a single to center, Hairston doubled him home and Moore's RBI single to left made it 5-0.

The Mets went 22 2/3 innings between scoring, finally putting a run across in the fifth for the first time since the ninth inning of Tuesday's 12-7 win over the Yankees.

Lucas Duda led of the stanza with a single to center and Anthony Recker doubled to put the pair in scoring position. Duda scored on Ruben Tejada's groundout and two batters later, Eric Young Jr. doubled to left to cut the margin to 5-2.

Game Notes

The Nats opened a six-game homestand with a win following their 2-4 western road trip ... The Mets have lost three straight on the heels of a three-game winning streak. They have dropped eight of 11 overall ... New York finished 1- for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base, while Washington went 4-for-7 with RISP, leaving eight ... Washington has won the last nine meetings.

Box Score:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 41


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Nationals - Game 41

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Curtis Granderson, cf
  5. Bobby Abreu, rf
  6. Lucas Duda, 1b
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Jon Niese, lhp

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

Stats
Starters Overall
W/LIPWHIPKOHRERA
J.Niese2-245.21.073639112.17
T.Roark2-144.11.083638183.65
Starters Last 3
W/LIPWHIPKOHRERA
J.Niese1-020.01.00171741.80
T.Roark1-120.20.68181283.48
Overall Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets19-2117-17-6.2293.88.346.304
Washington21-1921-16-3.2493.30.396.313
Last 10 Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets3-74- 5-1.2263.62.374.289
Washington4-64- 5-1.2273.59.342.276
Away Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets10-910- 5-4.2594.51.390.326
Washington10-1013- 6-1.2494.34.426.308
Home Stats
W/LO/UAVGERASLGOBP
NY Mets9-127-12-2.2003.38.302.282
Washington11-98-10-2.2482.31.364.319


Preview:

Niese
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!

Injuries
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.


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