Mets Preview/Starting Lineup: Bay Out With Flu-Like Symptoms, Dickey Tries To Stop 3-Game Skid

Jason Bay was in the original starting lineup for today, but he removed himself because he is experiencing flu-like symptoms. Scott Hairston will take his place and bat sixth.

Starting Lineup

1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
2. Josh Thole C
3. David Wright 3B
4. Lucas Duda RF
5. Daniel Murphy 2B
6. Scott Hairston LF
7. Ike Davis 1B
8. Omar Quintanilla SS
9. R.A. Dickey RHP

The Mets try to avoid the sweep today as they finish off their series in Washington. Yesterday the Mets just fell short of the Nationals as they lost by a score of 5-3. This afternoon should be the last game that the Mets have to play light handed as they should get a full roster back that is hopefully healthy enough to play over the weekend. Today R.A. Dickey looks to continue his incredible stretch as he takes on Chien-Ming Wang.

Dickey is 8-1 on the season over 11 starts over 73.2 innings of work with an ERA of 2.69. In his last three starts he has pitched 23.1 innings of work with an amazing ERA of 0.39. Last season he had a 1-3 record against the Nationals with a 3.82 ERA over 30.2 innings and 5 starts. The Nationals have the following numbers against Dickey:

Ankiel 9-23, 3 2B, HR
Zimmerman 4-19
Desmond 2-16, HR
Morse 4-15, 2B
Espinosa 0-11
LaRoche 2-9

Chien-Ming Wang is 1-1 on the season with a 6.43 ERA over two games, a start and 7.0 innings of work. In the minors this year he was 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA. Against the Mets last year he made two starts totaling 9.0 innings  with a 6.00 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Wang:

Wright 4-16, 2B
Duda 3-4
Murphy 1-5
Thole 1-2, 2B

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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!