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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

August 31st, 2013 at 4:59 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (61-72) play game two of their nine-game road trip Saturday night at Nationals Park as they once again face the Washington Nationals (68-66). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM with local broadcast on WPIX. The Mets put together an outstanding effort in the series opener Friday, with Dillon Gee tossing 7.2 innings and a big two run homer from Ike Davis lifting the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. The Mets still trail the season series 7-6, with six meetings left between the NL East rivals.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. LF Eric Young Jr.
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B Josh Satin
  4. 1B Ike Davis
  5. C Travis d'Arnaud
  6. RF Juan Lagares
  7. CF Matt den Dekker
  8. SS Omar Quintanilla
  9. SP Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler (6-3, 3.42) starts for the Mets, coming off his fourth consecutive quality start, a 2-1 loss to Philly on August 26. The rookie is at 145 innings pitched going into Saturday's game, with a season limit of 180 as the Mets look to keep Wheeler healthy moving forward with the team out of playoff contention.

He'll face Washington's Dan Haren (8-11, 4.66) who could be making his last start as a National. Haren cleared waivers earlier this month and has attracted the interest of some teams, but Yahoo Sports reports the Nats asking price is a "group of prospects," a hefty price for a struggling Haren, a free agent-to be with a $13 million contract.

Pre-Game Notes

  • Matt den Dekker will make his second start of his career in center field since being recalled from AAA Las Vegas earlier this week. He is currently 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, one run and a stolen base in two games for the Mets this season.


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Tags: Baseball, Dan Haren, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Matt Den Dekker, MLB, Nationals Park, New York, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler

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