Game Preview: Niese On The Mound As Mets Look For Sweep

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Mets at Nationals • 8:05 PM

LHP Jon Niese (6-6, 3.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49)

Starting Lineup

1. Eric Young Jr., LF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. Josh Satin, 3B
4. Lucas Duda, 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud, C
6. Juan Lagares, RF
7. Matt den Dekker, CF
8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
9. Jonathon Niese, P

Terry Collins mentioned that Flores is going to be back in the lineup on Monday. He has been dealing with his ankle injury and apparently altered his swing — but Adam Rubin notes the fatigue factor could be setting in as well. Duda replaces Davis in the line-up, who’s pretty much done for the year with an oblique injury. This is Niese’s first start against Washington this season.

Game Preview

Tonight in front of a national audience the Mets will be going for a series sweep of the Washington Nationals. Last night the Mets were firing on all cylinders dropping in the base hits and getting out of trouble with pitching thus leading to a 11-3 win. Jon Niese will take the mound tonight as he squares up against Ross Ohlendorf.

Jon Niese is 6-6 over 18 games this season pitching 105.0 innings with a 3.69 ERA. He has pitched 22.0 innings in his last three starts with a 0.82 ERA (just 2 earned runs) and 23 strikeouts. The numbers right now are being juked by a complete game shutout he threw in his last outing. Surprisingly, he has not faced the Nationals at all this season and last year allowed 1 ER over 14.1 innings against them. The Nationals have the following numbers against Niese:

Werth 4-17
LaRoche 4-15, 2B, 2 HR
Zimmerman 5-14, 2B
Desmond 2-14, 2 2B
Hairston 1-5

The Mets bats will get another look at Ross Ohlendorf today, the pitcher with the delivery straight out of the early 1900’s. Ohlendorf is 3-0 over 12 games and 4 starts this year with a 2.49 ERA and 43.1 innings of work. Since being back on the major league roster, he has made two starts. In his first he allowed 4 ER over 4.1 innings. In his second, he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he allowed 1 earned run over 2.0 innings and then 1 earned run over 7.0 innings with 8 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Murphy 4-7
Lagares 2-5, 2B
Satin 2-4, 2 2B
Young 1-3, 3B
Brown 0-3

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!