MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets, 1:10 PM (SNY)

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The Mets look to avoid an opening series sweep to start the season when they take on the Washington Nationals this afternoon at 1:10 PM. Zack Wheeler makes his season debut and will oppose Tanner Roark for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann was originally supposed to start, but was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Daniel Murphy is back in the lineup after missing the first two games to be with his wife as they celebrated the birth of their new son, Noah.

Lucas Duda is at first base giving the Mets three different first basemen in their first three games of the season, a first in franchise history.

Eric Young Jr. is back in the leadoff spot after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Opening Day.

Game Preview 

The Mets will still be looking for their first win of the season this afternoon while they try to avoid the sweep by the Nationals in an afternoon game. Yesterday about the only positive notes to take home from the game was Colon’s strong start to his start and Lagares with the bat. Tanner Roark gets the nod for the Nationals while Wheeler makes his 2014 debut.

In his first season in the majors, Wheeler went 7-5 over 17 games over 100.0 innings of work with a 3.42 ERA. Three of those starts were against the Nationals where he went 1-2 with a 3.93 ERA over 18.1 innings while striking out 14. The Nationals have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Span 5-10, 2B
  • Zimmerman 2-10, HR
  • LaRoche 1-7, HR
  • Werth 207, 2B, HR
  • Desmond 3-8, 2B

The Mets only saw Roark for a few innings in his rookie season in 2013, not much data.

Lets Go Mets! Get that first W!

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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!