Nationals vs Mets: Flores Back In The Lineup, Brown Batting Third, Torres Gets Homestand Started

An article by posted on September 9, 2013

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Nationals at Mets • 7:10 PM

Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.49) vs Carlos Torres (3-3, 2.89)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. Andrew Brown, rf
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Justin Turner, ss
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Wilmer Flores, 3b
  8. Travis d’Arnaud, c
  9. Carlos Torres, rhp

Gio Gonzalez is coming off a rough outing against the Phillies in which he allowed five runs (one earned) on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t have much help from his defense, though, as Washington committed three errors.

Meanwhile, Carlos Torres has given the Mets a couple of solid starts after taking over for the injured Harvey. In his last outing against the Braves, the right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings. But he was shutting Atlanta out until the seventh, when he allowed all three runs.

Brown batting third? He has one hit in his last 14 at-bats with six strikeouts, his only hit a home run.

Justin Turner continues to play regularly and is 7-for-his-last-17 (.412) while scoring at least one run in four straight games (five total) and has driven in four runs in his last three games, including his first home run of the year on Friday night and a solo home run yesterday.

Travis d’Arnaud went 0-for-4 in his last start against Cleveland and is now batting .143 this season in 64 plate appearances. he continues to bat in the number eight spot in his last five starts.

Flores is back in the lineup and it’s not quite clear if he is still being asked to play with his ankle still bothering him. He too has slumped badly since injuring the ankle batting .323 before and .130 since.

Aaron Harang had his contract selected today from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and will wear uniform No. 44. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowed six hits, three runs, earned, issued two walks and struck out six vs. Salt Lake in Game Four of the PCL semi-finals on September 7. Harang, 35, was 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts this year for the Seattle Mariners.

Joe D.

Game Preview

The Mets come back to New York and are bringing the Nationals with them tonight. The Mets could really mess up the Nationals playoff push with a good series this week as the Amazin’s look to build off of yesterday’s win in Cleveland. A few new players will be also joining the Mets tomorrow as Harang, Baxter and Centero come aboard. Tonight Carlos Torres gets the start as he goes up against Gio Gonzalez.

Carlos Torres is 3-3 over 28 games on the season pitching 62.1 innings with a 2.89 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed 13.1 innings with 12 strikeouts and 4 earned runs. On the season he has pitched 5.0 innings against the Nationals allowing 8 ER. The Nationals have the following numbers against Carlos Torres:

Hairston 1-3, 2B
Harper 1-3
LaRoche 0-3
Rendon 0-3
Span 2-2
Zimmerman 2-3, 2B
Desmond 2-2, 2B
Ramos 2-2, HR, 5 RBI

The Mets bats get yet another look at Gio Gonzalez who is 9-6 over 28 games with a 3.49 ERA over 167.2 innings with 170 strikeouts. In his last three starts he has pitched 16.0 innings with 12 ER. In two starts against the Mets this year he has pitched 11.0 innings allowing 5 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Gonzalez:

Davis 4-12, 2B, HR
Turner 2-13
Murphy 2-9
Duda 1-3
Young 0-4
Lagares 0-3
Satin 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

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