Friday, 7:05 p.m. -- RHP Dillon Gee (9-3, 3.76) vs. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (first start)
TV: MASN2 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. -- RHP R.A. Dickey (5-8, 3.74) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (8-5, 3.95)
TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Sunday, 1:35 p.m. -- LHP Jon Niese (10-8, 3.97) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.27)
TV: MASN2, Ch 50 Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
New York has been known in the past to wilt at the first sign of controversy or trouble. Not this year. Despite plenty of off-the-field drama and the recent trades of two key veterans, the Mets continue to play competitive baseball and come to the District riding a four-game winning streak.
This is a different-looking roster, though, than the last time the Nationals saw it. Closer Francisco Rodriguez was traded over the All-Star break to the Brewers, and on Wednesday, outfielder Carlos Beltran was shipped to the Giants. Veteran Jason Isringhausen, enjoying a nice comeback season, has taken over as closer in Rodriguez's wake. Lucas Duda, meanwhile, appears to be the new right fielder with Beltran gone and came through yesterday with a three-run double in the Mets' win over the Reds, capping a wild week.
"The last two games speaks volumes about these guys," manager Terry Collins told reporters. "They were drained. They were wiped out physically. They were wiped out mentally. They were playing strictly on nothing but game adrenaline."
Though there's been speculation the Mets might move even more players before the deadline -- most notably Jose Reyes -- GM Sandy Alderson suggested he's done for now. Which means the Nationals will have to deal with Reyes, who is enjoying an MVP-caliber season (.343 average, .514 slugging percentage, 32 steals).
If there's one thing the Mets don't have, however, it's a lot of power in their lineup. With Beltran gone, the current team leader in home runs is David Wright ... with only eight.
WASHINGTON BATTERS VS. NEW YORK PITCHERS
Nats' best vs. Gee -- Alex Cora (1-for-3), Livan Hernandez (1-for-2).
Nats' worst vs. Gee -- Roger Bernadina (0-for-6, K), Ian Desmond (0-for-5, BB, K), Danny Espinosa (0-for-5, BB), Jayson Werth (1-for-5, BB, K).
Nats' best vs. Dickey -- Jayson Werth (6-for-17, 2 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB, 4 K), Rick Ankiel (5-for-14, 2 2B, RBI), Wilson Ramos (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI).
Nats' worst vs. Dickey -- Danny Espinosa (0-for-8, BB), Ian Desmond (1-for-10, BB, 2 K), Ryan Zimmerman (2-for-10, BB, K).
Nats' best vs. Niese -- Jonny Gomes (3-for-7, HR, RBI), Ryan Zimmerman (2-for-5, BB, K), Jayson Werth (4-for-11, BB, 6 K).
Nats' worst vs. Niese -- Jerry Hairston (0-for-6, BB), Ian Desmond (1-for-8, 2B, 2 K), Michael Morse (1-for-6, 2B).
NEW YORK BATTERS VS. WASHINGTON PITCHERS
Mets' best vs. Wang -- Willie Harris (2-for-5), Jason Bay (1-for-2, RBI, K).
Mets' worst vs. Wang -- David Wright (2-for-11, 2B, 2 K), Jose Reyes (2-for-8, 2B, K), Daniel Murphy (0-for-3, 2 K).
Mets' best vs. Marquis -- Jason Bay (16-for-43, 4 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K), David Wright (13-for-32, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, BB, K), Jose Reyes (11-for-31, 2B, RBI, BB, K).
Mets' worst vs. Marquis -- Ronny Paulino (1-for-10, RBI, K), Scott Hairston (1-for-7, 3 K), Angel Pagan (3-for-13, 2 RBI, 4 K).
Mets' best vs. Zimmermann -- Daniel Murphy (4-for-9, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, K), Jason Bay (3-for-6), Josh Thole (3-for-7, 3 RBI, BB).
Mets' worst vs. Zimmermann -- David Wright (2-for-13, 2B, RBI, 6 K), Angel Pagan (3-for-12, 3 K), Jose Reyes (3-for-11, BB).