Series Preview: Nationals vs. Mets (07/01 ~ 07/04)

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Series Preview: Nationals vs. Mets (07/01 ~ 07/04)
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  Thursday, July 1st, 7:05 PM EDT
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Johan Santana, LHP (5-5, 3.55)


Livan Hernandez, RHP (6-4, 3.10)


Scouting Report:

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
Nationals Park

Jon Niese, LHP (5-2, 3.84)


Luis Atilano, RHP (6-4, 4.33)



Scouting Report:

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
Nationals Park

Robert A Dickey, RHP (6-1, 2.98)


Stephen Strasburg, RHP (2-2, 2.27)


Scouting Report:

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
Nationals Park

Hisanori Takahashi, LHP (6-3, 4.24)


Craig Stammen, RHP (2-2, 5.13)



Scouting Report:

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.


Team Leaders

D Wright .311 AVG
C Guzman .295
D Wright 89 HITS
A Dunn 77
D Wright 14 HR
A Dunn 17
D Wright 63 RBI
A Dunn 47
J Reyes 51 RUN
R Zimmerman 45
J Reyes 19 SB
N Morgan 17
D Wright .392 OBP
J Willingham .405
D Wright .549 SLG
A Dunn .552
P Feliciano 12 HLD
T Clippard 16
F Rodriguez 18 SV
M Capps 22
M Pelfrey 10 WIN
T Clippard 8
M Pelfrey 2.93 ERA
L Hernandez 3.10
J Santana 66 K
T Clippard 54
E Dessens 0.84 WHIP
T Clippard 1.14

Mets Injury Report

Name Injury Status
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

Name Injury Status
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



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