Mets vs Nationals: den Dekker And Lagares In The Outfield, It’s Wheeler Day!

An article by posted on August 31, 2013

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Mets at Nationals • 7:05 PM

RHP Zack Wheeler (6-3, 3.42 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (8-11, 4.66 ERA)

Starting Lineup

1. Eric Young Jr. — LF

2. Daniel Murphy — 2B

3. Josh Satin — 3B

4. Ike Davis — 1B

5. Travis d’Arnaud — C

6. Juan Lagares — RF

7. Matt den Dekker — CF

8. Omar Quintanilla — SS

9. Zack Wheeler — P

Well this should be interesting… In terms of covering ground, this might be one of the best arrangements in New York Mets history. Lagares’ cannon for an arm will play perfectly in right field and the three of them should get to basically every fly ball hit. Also, Travis d’Arnaud is batting fifth, which is awesome to see. He swung the bat with some authority yesterday and went 2-for-4. Although the Nationals aren’t setting the world on fire, it’ll be a good feeling if we can grab a series win behind Zack Wheeler. LGM! (Satish R.)

Game Preview

The Mets continue their series down south today as they take on the Nationals for game 2. Last night the Mets squeaked by with a 3-2 win thanks to a go-ahead two run homer by Ike Davis. On the other side of the ball, Dillon Gee continue his excellent season with an excellent 7.2 innings of work. Today Zack Wheeler will take the mound for the Amazins as he faces off against Dan Haren.

Wheeler is 6-3 over 13 games and 76.1 innings with a 3.42 ERA. In the month of August he pitched 30.2 innings with a 3.23 ERA. His only start against the Nationals was a night to forget as he allowed 5 ER over 4.2 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Zack:

LaRoche 1-2, HR
Rendon 0-3
Span 2-3, 2B
Zimmerman 0-3
Desmond 1-2, 2B

The Mets bats get another crack at Dan Haren who is 8-11 over 25 games and 139.0 innings with a 4.66 ERA. He has been a much different pitcher this past month pitching 34.0 innings with a 2.12 ERA. To put that in perspective, at the start of August his ERA was 5.49. Against the Mets this year, he has allowed 6 ER over 11.0 innings and two games. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Murphy 3-10, 2B, HR
Davis 1-7
Omar 0-5
Lagares 1-5
Duda 1-4, 2B
Young 2-4, 2B

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!

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