Sunday, July 31, 2011

Pre-Game 108: New York Mets @ Washington Nationals

The New York Mets(55-52) will look to win the rubber match of their 3 game series against the Washington Nationals(50-56) this afternoon at 1:35 PM ET.

Jonathan Niese(10-8, 3.97 ERA) has already set a career high in wins this season with 10 but will look to add to that total this afternoon. Despite getting the victory during his last outing in Cincinnati, Niese was shaky at best, allowing 5 earned runs in 5 innings while failing to strike out 6 or more for the first time in 5 starts. Niese hasn't fared as well during day games, posting a 4.27 ERA in 9 starts. Niese is 2-0 in his career against the Washington Nationals in 3 starts.

Jordan Zimmermann(6-9, 3.27 ERA) has been the product of bad luck this year, pitching to a losing record despite having a great ERA. It has been a rough go at it for Zimmermann in his last 2 outings, allowing 12 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. Zimmermann has been tough to hit during the day, posting a 2.27 ERA in 10 starts. David Wright has struggled against Zimmermann, hitting .154 in 14 plate appearances.

New York Mets Starting Lineup:
1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Justin Turner 2B
3. Daniel Murphy 1B
4. David Wright 3B
5. Angel Pagan CF
6. Jason Bay LF
7. Lucas Duda RF
8. Josh Thole C
9. Jonathan Niese P

Washington Nationals Starting Lineup:
1. Brian Bixler CF
2. Ian Desmond SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Michael Morse 1B
5. Jayson Werth RF
6. Danny Espinosa 2B
7. Johnny Gomes LF
8. Jesus Flores C
9. Jordan Zimmermann P