A quick preview on the three-game series beginning tonight between the Mets and Nationals, to be played in Washington, DC. All games have a start time of 7:05 PM and will be televised on SNY.
Game 1: RHP Chris Young (1-0, 1.46) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 3.70)
This is Young’s first start since suffering biceps tendinitis. His last start before going on the DL was against these same Nationals, and he pitched a gem — but lost the game. Meanwhile, Jordan Zimmerman has pitched fairly well despite a losing record. He has been sporting a 95-MPH fastball and sharp breaking stuff and scouts seem to think that he will get better and better as the season progresses (he’s coming off TJ surgery). Let’s hope he waits at least five days before getting better.
Game 2: RHP R.A. Dickey (1-3, 4.10) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (0-2, 4.96)
Which knuckler will show up for R.A.? The one that fools hitters, or the one that makes them drool? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Gorzelanny has been only so-so so far for the Nats; he’s been getting swings and misses (15 K in 16 IP) but also giving up plenty of fly balls (34).
Game 3: LHP Chris Capuano (2-1, 5.95) vs. RHP Livan Hernandez (2-1, 2.88)
Capuano is coming off a great start and hopes to build off of it. Livan seems to have resurrected his career yet again; he has more lives than a cat. Nothing new — he’s just grinding through innings, looking like he’s washed up once out of every 3-4 starts, but pitching well enough to win the others.
Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL with an abdominal strain. Technically, he could be off the DL today but is nowhere close to returning. Jerry Hairston, Jr. has been filling in at 3B in the meantime.
Reliever Todd Coffey came off the DL yesterday. Not sure that his presence in the bullpen is a game-changer.
The Nats are not hitting, at all. Danny Espinosa leads the team with a .265 batting average, and the team is hitting .223 overall. Adam LaRoche is hitting .232, and those hitting below that include Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel, Ivan Rodriguez, and Hairston, Jr.
Desmond is tied for the league lead in errors with 7.