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Thursday, July 1st, 7:05 PM EDT
Johan Santana, LHP (5-5, 3.55)
Livan Hernandez, RHP (6-4, 3.10)
METS: Santana's lack of velocity is beginning to catch up to him. For the first time since 2004, he has allowed at least four earned runs in four consecutive starts, last week giving up five in a loss to the Twins. He also gave up five in his lone start vs. the Nats this season.
NATIONALS: Hernandez is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, a 6-5 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. In that outing, Hernandez allowed five runs on 11 hits in six innings. He has faced the Mets more than any team in his career — 34 times — going 12-13 with a 4.38 ERA.
Friday, July 2nd, 7:05 PM EDT
Jon Niese, LHP (5-2, 3.84)
Luis Atilano, RHP (6-4, 4.33)
METS: Coming off his second-worst start of the season, Niese rebounded to shut out the Twins over six innings last weekend. Relying on his cutter-curve combination, Niese struck out five and walked three. As for his worst start this year? That came against the Nats on May 11.
NATIONALS: In his last start, Atilano earned a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Sunday. He gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings. Miguel Tejada's RBI single in the eighth was the difference. Atilano is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA against the Mets in his career.
Saturday, July 3rd, 4:10 PM EDT
Robert A Dickey, RHP (6-1, 2.98)
Stephen Strasburg, RHP (2-2, 2.27)
METS: In the humidity of San Juan, Puerto Rico last Monday, Dickey suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs to the Marlins in five innings. His next outing comes against the Nats, against whom he allowed two runs in six innings of a no-decision on May 19.
NATIONALS: Strasburg will look to bounce back from the worst start of his rookie season. In the Nationals' 5-0 loss to the Braves on Monday, he allowed four runs — three earned — on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Strasburg has never faced the Mets.
Sunday, July 4th, 1:35 PM EDT
Hisanori Takahashi, LHP (6-3, 4.24)
Craig Stammen, RHP (2-2, 5.13)
METS: On the day the Mets announced plans for Oliver Perez's rehab assignment, Takahashi — he with the most tenuous grasp on a rotation spot — served up six runs to the Marlins in 5 2/3 innings. Beating the Nationals in his first start against them could tighten his grip.
NATIONALS: Stammen had his sinker working in his return from the Minors, limiting the Braves to five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 7-2 victory on Tuesday at Atlanta. He struck out four, walked two and got 14 outs on ground balls. He also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Mets Injury Report
|R Barajas||Back spasm||day-to-day|
|C Beltran||Right knee surgery – out 4-6 weeks||on 60-day DL|
|L Castillo||Bruised left foot||on 15-day DL|
|K Escobar||Right shoulder soreness||on 60-day DL|
|S Green||Strained right rib cage||on 15-day DL|
|J Maine||Right arm fatigue||on 15-day DL|
|A Pagan||Muscle spasms||day-to-day|
|O Perez||Right knee patella tendinitis||on 15-day DL|
|J Reyes||Back spasm||day-to-day|
Nationals Injury Report
|J Flores||Recovery from right shoulder surgery||on 60-day DL|
|C Maldonado||Fractured left thumb||on 15-day DL|
|J Marquis||Loose bodies in right elbow||on 15-day DL|
|G Mock||Cervical spine injury||on 15-day DL|
|S Olsen||Left shoulder tightness||on 15-day DL|
|T Walker||Sprained right shoulder AC joint||on 15-day DL|
|C Wang||Recovery from right shoulder surgery||on 60-day DL|
|J Zimmermann||Recovery from right elbow surgery||on 60-day DL|