Nationals vs Mets: Home Opener Lineup, Notes, Preview

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes SS
  2. Angel Pagan CF
  3. David Wright 3b
  4. Carlos Beltran RF
  5. Ike Davis 1B
  6. Willie Harris LF
  7. Brad Emaus 2B
  8. Josh Thole C
  9. R.A. Dickey P

Mets Notes

WRIGHT ON: David Wright has collected at least one hit in every Home Opener since making an Opening Day roster in 2005 (six straight)… Wright has hit a home run in each of Citi Field’s two Home Openers… Overall, he’s batting .360 (9-25) with five runs, four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in six Home Openers.

BASES LOADED: The Mets were 0-2 with the bases loaded yesterday…New York is 3-12 (.250) with the bases loaded this year… Opponents are 3-7 (.429) with a home run against the Mets this season with the bases loaded.

RISP: The Mets went 1-7 with runners in scoring position yesterday at Philadelphia…The Mets are hitting .273 (18-66) with runners in scoring position this year, ranking 11th in the majors…New York’s pitching staff has held the opposition to a .311 (23-74) batting average with runners in scoring position in 2011, ranking 24th in the majors.

HOME SWEET HOME: Thirteen of the Mets’ next 16 games will be played at Citi Field…New York went 47-34 at home last year, tied for 12th in the majors…The Mets have compiled an 88-74 (.543) record
at Citi Field.

OPENING CEREMONIES: Original Met and Mets Hall of Fame broadcaster Ralph Kiner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch today… Kiner is celebrating his 50th season broadcasting Mets games this year… He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1984… Michael Amante, a New York native and an acclaimed tenor, will sing the National Anthem… More than 140 veterans representing all five U.S. Armed Services – Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy – will be on the field during the pre-game presentation of a giant American flag… The first 25,000 fans will take home a Mr. Met bobblehead courtesy of Citi.

Game Preview

Home Opener!

The Mets play their first game of 2011 in Queens this afternoon after a successful road trip. Yes, it is a little disappointing that the Mets lost the last two games but overall, going .500 on the road was a big step forward for this ball club. Last year the Mets were a much better team at home than on the road (which is more of a statement of how bad they were on the road). The Mets get to face off with the Nationals for their first of 81 games at Citi Field.

Dickey will get his second start of the year tonight. He had an interesting game against the Marlins earlier this week where he was a mix of effective where it counts, and was able to squeeze out of his moments of ineffectiveness. He pitched 6 innings allowing 0 earned runs (1 run total), 5 hits, 3 BB while striking out 7. Last season he was 1-0 against the Nationals pitching in 4 games (3 starts) over 20.0 innings with a 1.80 ERA. The Nationals have these numbers against Robert Allen:

Werth 3-11, 2B, HR
Stairs 5-11, 3B, HR
Zimmerman 1-8
Desmond 1-7
Espinosa 0-3

One of the young pitching stars for the Nationals gets the start today in Jordan Zimmermann. In his first game this year he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 3 runs total, 2 earned over 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. He pitched two games against the Mets last season totaling 10 innings with a 1.80 ERA. In his career he has pitched 20.1 innings against the Mets with a 3.54 ERA. The Mets have these numbers against Jordan:

Pagan 3-9
Wright 1-7
Murphy 2-6, HR
Reyes 1-5
Davis 1-2, HR
Thole 2-3

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!