Friday, April 8, 2011

Series preview: Nats at Mets

Friday, 4:10 p.m. -- RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-1, 3.00) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (1-0, 0.00).
TV: MASN Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM)

Saturday, 7:10 p.m. –- LHP Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.09 in 2010) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (0-0, 13.50).
TV: MASN Radio: WHFS (1580 AM)

Sunday, 1:10 p.m. –- RHP Jason Marquis (0-0, 2.84) vs. RHP Chris Young (1-0, 1.69).
TV: MASN Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM)

The Mets are off to a wild start to the season, having won three straight by a combined score of 22-7 but losing their last two to the Phillies 21-7. When they take the field this afternoon for their home opener, they'll be without left fielder Jason Bay (on the DL with a strained left side muscle). Old friend Willie Harris has picked up the slack, with a .353 average, a homer and four RBI already this season. Ike Davis (.348, homer, six RBI) and David Wright (.346, homer, five RBI) are also off to hot starts. The pitching staff, though, was battered around by the Phillies the last two days, leaving the Mets a bit shaken heading back home. "We'll regroup," new manager Terry Collins told reporters after yesterday's game. "We'll take a ride home and we'll finally have some people cheering for us, instead of booing us." That may not be entirely true. As of yesterday afternoon, there were still a handful of tickets available for today's home opener at Citi Field, and it's believed the Mets' season-ticket base is down to nearly 10,000.

Nats' best vs. Dickey -- Matt Stairs (5-for-11, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, BB, 2 K), Jayson Werth (3-for-11, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 4 K), Ivan Rodriguez (4-for-12, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 3 K).
Nats' worst vs. Dickey -- Ryan Zimmerman (1-for-8), Ian Desmond (1-for-7, BB), Danny Espinosa (0-for-3).
Nats' best vs. Capuano -- Ryan Zimmerman (4-for-7, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K), Jerry Hairston (4-for-14, HR, RBI, 2 K), Adam LaRoche (2-for-7, 3 K).
Nats' worst vs. Capuano -- Rick Ankiel (0-for-3, 2 K), Jayson Werth (1-for-5, 3 K).
Nats' best vs. Young -- Ryan Zimmerman (3-for-11, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K), Matt Stairs (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, K).
Nats' worst vs. Young -- Ivan Rodriguez (0-for-6, 4 K), Jayson Werth (0-for-4, BB, 2 K), Rick Ankiel (0-for-3, 2 K).

Mets' best vs. Zimmermann -- Ike Davis (1-for-2, HR, RBI, 2 BB), Daniel Muprhy (2-for-6, HR, 3 RBI, K), Angel Pagan (3-for-9, 2 K).
Mets' worst vs. Zimmermann -- David Wright (1-for-7, RBI, 5 K), Jose Reyes (1-for-5, BB), Lucas Duda (0-for-3, BB, 2 K).
Mets' best vs. Gorzelanny -- David Wright (3-for-10, 3 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K), Ike Davis (2-for-3, K).
Mets' worst vs. Gorzelanny -- Willie Harris (0-for-3, K), Scott Hairston (1-for-6, 2 BB, K), Jose Reyes (2-for-10, 2 RBI, 3 BB).
Mets' best vs. Marquis -- David Wright (12-for-30, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, K), Jose Reyes (9-for-28, 2B, RBI, BB, K), Daniel Murphy (3-for-9, 3 2B, RBI, BB).
Mets' worst vs. Marquis -- Scott Hairston (1-for-7, 3 K), Willie Harris (1-for-7, BB, K), Carlos Beltran (4-for-21, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K).


John O'Connor said...

"Nats' best vs. Dickey -- Matt Stairs (5-for-11, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, BB, 2 K), Jayson Werth (3-for-11, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 4 K), Ivan Rodriguez (4-for-12, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 3 K)."


That's gotta be a typo. Matt Stairs had a triple? Did the outfielder drop dead?

Anonymous said...

'That's gotta be a typo. Matt Stairs had a triple? Did the outfielder drop dead?'

Hah! Lets see... he actually hit two triples in 2008 and had one in 2007. In my head I imagine Stairs stared down the outfielder like a disappointed father who just found out his son knocked up his high school girlfriend and rather than fielding the ball the player joined the army.

Feel Wood said...

"Friday, 4:10 p.m. -- RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-1, 3.00) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (1-0, 0.00).
TV: MASN Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM)"

There's no Caps or Wizards game at 4:10 today, so why isn't flagship station WJFK airing the game? Do they have a contractual obligation to air Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes talking about the off-season and locked-out Redskins over the live game of a team that they're supposedly the flagship station for?

Ah, but let's not forget what a ratings monster Lavar and Chad are. In the last ratings period, they were a whopping 18th in their time slot. Wouldn't want to pre-empt a steamroller like that, would we?

Mr Donkey said...

So the season ticket base is not as low as the Nationals...

I don't know who that is good news for, but it made me laugh.

I say that as a partial plan holder in 106 here in Nats Town.

NatsJack in Florida said...

What a great afternoon. Heading to my favorite establishment at 3:30 to eat, drink and watch the Nats and the Masters.

Doesn't get any better than that.

Doc said...

The baseball rules were bent a bit, and M. Stairs was allowed to run out each triple over three games.

Go Matt, Goooooooooo Nats!

Jaxpo Nat said...

Even more astonishing: Matt Stairs had 2 stolen bases last year. What?

Manassas Nats Fan said...

Seems strange that the Flagship station wouldn't carry the game. Do the Wizards play about 7 possibly and they would hate to miss the first quarter in case the game went extra innings.

Maybe Mark can find out for us the issue here.

Manassas Nats Fan said...

Stairs got both steals when the catcher started laughing to hard at his speed towards second to throw the ball.

joemktg said...

As a precautionary measure, the Nationals have buried at 3rd base an AED should Matt Stairs hit another triple. Bo Porter has received training on how to quickly dig up the device and apply the paddles.

joemktg said...

Picture this, if you would: Matt Stairs last five strides going into 3rd for a triple. With his arms flailing, does he go in standing up, or does he flop head first into the base?

Poor Bo Porter: he'll have to immediate administer mouth-to-mouth at that point until the trainers get there. Break out the Listerine.

Doc said...

Reports from ground crews, suggest that the basepaths had to be refilled after each stolen base by Stairs.

Knoxville Nat said...


I think I'm going to join you this afternoon although I may have do it in spirit only since I'll be in a local watering hole myself.

natsfan1a said...

NatsJack and Knoxville, I do believe I'll knock off early today and join you as well (luckily, my boss is also a Nats fan ;-)). I'll be in my Basement Sports-Viewing Lair (TM Tracee Hamilton), but will raise a virtual toast to you - probably a hot beverage, as it's rather chilly here at present.

xlpharmacy said...

The Mets will win this season easily! they have the best team ever!

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