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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

May 16th, 2014 at 4:57 PM
By Mike Phillips

After splitting the 2014 Subway Series, the New York Mets will hit the road for a weekend trip to the nation's capital. The Mets (19-21) will open up a three game series with the Washington Nationals (21-19) tonight at 7:05 at Nationals Park. The Nats are currently in second place in the National League East, trailing the division leading Atlanta Braves by 1.5 games.

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The Mets will send lefty Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17 ERA) to the mound. Niese took a no decision in his last outing Sunday afternoon, a game the Mets would go on to win in extra innings. The Nationals will counter with right hander Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65 ERA). Roark got a no decision in his last time out as well in spite of throwing seven innings of one run ball against the Oakland A's.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Eric Young Jr
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. CF Curtis Granderson
  5. RF Bobby Abreu
  6. 1B Lucas Duda
  7. C Anthony Recker
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. SP Jonathon Niese

Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Nationals swept the Mets in their first series of the season.
  • Juan Lagares is out of the lineup again as Terry Collins tries to generate offense. When asked why Lagares isn't playing before the game, Collins said it was because Lagares wasn't hitting.
  • In spite of looking for more offense in his lineup, Wilmer Flores remains glued to the bench. Ruben Tejada starts for the sixth consecutive game at shortstop.
  • Bobby Abreu gets a start in right field as Collins wanted to stack his lineup with lefties against Roark. Abreu will hit fifth and Curtis Granderson will shift to center.
Tags: Baseball, Bobby Abreu, Curtis Granderson, Jonathon Niese, Juan Lagares, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Ruben Tejada, Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores

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