Mets vs Nationals Preview: Gee On The Hill, Lagares In CF, Duda Bats Cleanup

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New York Mets vs Washington Nationals

7:05 PM at National Park

RHP Dillon Gee vs RHP Dan Haren

Starting Lineup

  1. Omar Quintanilla SS
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Lucas Duda LF
  5. Marlon Byrd RF
  6. Ike Davis 1B
  7. Anthony Recker C
  8. Juan Lagares CF
  9. Dillon Gee RHP

Game Notes

The Mets have dropped four straight following their five-game winning streak. New York is 5-5 in its last 10 games. The Mets fell to 8-9 in one-run decisions with last night’s 3-2 loss, including 3-4 on the road. The Mets are 8-16 vs. the NL East this season.

The Mets had a weak showing in the first balloting released for the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field. David Wright trails San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval by 127,176 votes at third base. John Buck ranks a distant third at catcher, trailing overall NL vote leader Buster Posey as well as Yadier Molina.

Jonathon Niese will test his shoulder today by throwing a bullpen session at Nationals Park. Niese, who missed his last start with tendinitis, is aiming to re-enter the rotation Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Manager Terry Collins, Mets’ coaching staff and team members, front office officials and Mr. Met visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier today. The Mets visited with the veterans, their families and the staff at Walter Reed and enjoyed a BBQ lunch together.

Omar Quintanilla is hitting .600 (9-15) with one double, one triple, one home run and three RBI over his last four games. Quintanilla has four straight multiple hit games the longest such streak of his career. Since 2012, the only other Met with four straight multi-hit games is David Wright, who accomplished the feat May 8-12, 2012.

Game Preview

The Mets continue their series with the Nationals tonight as they try to look past the last four games. Once again, the Mets offense struggled in a game that was win-able last night. Today, Dillon Gee looks to build off of his last start as he takes on Dan Haren.

Dillon Gee is 3-6 over 11 starts this year with a 5.68 ERA. His last start was by far the best of the season as he allowed only one earned run over 7.1 innings and struck out 12 batters. Terry made a controversial move at the time taking him out in the 8th with a low pitch count (after an impressive streak of K’s) but the move ended up working. In his one start against Washington this year he shutout the Nationals over 5.2 innings of work allowing 3 hits. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

Desmond 4-17, 2 HR
Espinosa 1-13
Zimmerman 3-15, 2B
Bernadina 2-11, HR
LaRoche 1-8

Dan Haren is 4-6 over 11 starts this year with a 5.09 ERA while pitching 63.2 innings. Things are starting to come together for Haren recently as in his last two starts he has allowed 5 ER over 13.1 innings of work (before that 7 ER over 5 IP). The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2011 where he allowed 6 ER over 4.0 innings and 7 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

Byrd 8-16, 2 2B, 3B
Wright 4-16, 2 2B, HR
Buck 2-13
Murphy 2-5, 2B, HR
Davis 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

About Elliot Teichman 1166 Articles
I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs