The New York Mets' bats woke up in Washington after a weekend slumber in Miami. The Mets exploded for 10 runs as they defeated the Washington Nationals 10-1 last night to even their three game series with the Nats at one game a piece. The two teams will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05 pm at Nationals Park. The Mets will send Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71 ERA) to the bump. Marcum, who has been up and down since the beginning of the season, is seeking his first win as a Met. The Nationals will counter with lefty Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64 ERA), who is having a solid start to the year despite Washington's overall struggles. Here is the lineup the Mets will send out against the tough lefty:
- LF Justin Turner
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- RF Marlon Byrd
- C John Buck
- 1B Ike Davis
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Omar Quintanilla
- SP Shaun Marcum
- Left fielder Lucas Duda was scratched from tonight's game with a sore quad. As a result, Justin Turner will make his first career start in the outfield by filling in for Duda in left.
- The Mets went righty heavy against Gonzalez, with only Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis (likely spared from a night off by the Duda injury) and Omar Quintanilla as lefties in the starting lineup.
- Mets fans won't want to hear this, but the weather could be a factor again tonight. The team will try and get the game in ahead of soaking rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea.
- The remnants of Andrea will affect the Mets either way because the storm is supposed to track into the New York area tomorrow. The Mets are scheduled to return home and open a three game set with the Miami Marlins tomorrow night.
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