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Mets 101 Game Preview: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

August 12th, 2014 at 4:26 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (57-62) open up a three-game series Tuesday night as they welcome the NL East leading Washington Nationals (63-53) to Citi Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. With Jacob deGrom on the DL with rotator cuff tendonitis, Rafael Montero has been recalled to start the ballgame, as the Mets look to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Nats at Citi Field

The Mets dropped two-of-three last week in Washington, before taking three-of-four from Philadelphia this weekend. They find themselves 7.5 games back in the division and just six games out of a wild card spot. Weather could also be a factor tonight as the forecast calls for a chance of thunderstorms throughout the evening. First pitch could be delayed if the current forecast holds. 

Local Coverage

TV – SNY
Radio – WOR

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. C Travis d'Arnaud
  6. LF Matt den Dekker
  7. CF Juan Lagares
  8. SS Wilmer Flores
  9. SP Rafael Montero

Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40) will make his fifth start of the season Tuesday, fresh off receiving PCL Pitcher of the Week honors for August 4-10. Montero struck out eleven batters in a scoreless, eight-inning outing in Las Vegas' 3-0 win over Sacramento one week ago.

Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49) will face the Mets for the second time in six days after shutting down the Amazins in Washington's 7-1 win last Wednesday. Fister struck out seven while allowing just the one Mets run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings. 

Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Mets dropped two of three against the Nationals last week and are 2-7 against Washington so far this season.
  • Fister is 2-0 in his career against the Mets.
  • Washington is 22-4 at Citi Field since September 12, 2011.

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Tags: Baseball, Citi Field, Doug Fister, Jacob DeGrom, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Rafael Montero, Washington Nationals

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