Game #53 Preview: Mets Vs. Nats

Today, Chris Young and Jordan Zimmermann take the hill in a game that will affect the outcome of the NL East standings. A Nationals win could help the Nationals put the Mets further down in the standings while still competing for first place with the Miami Marlins. A Mets victory could draw New York closer to the division lead and keep the NL East standings tight and nerve racking.

Chris Young will be making his first start of the season for the New York Mets. In his career, Chris Young is 49-34 with a 3.74 ERA and a 7.8 K/9.

In the tall right hander's encounters with the Nationals, he has fared well in a limited sampling:

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Adam LaRoche 24 22 3 1 0 1 3 2 7 .136 .208 .318 .527
Ryan Zimmerman 12 11 3 1 0 1 2 1 2 .273 .333 .636 .970
Xavier Nady 10 10 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .100 .100 .400 .500
Rick Ankiel 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Danny Espinosa 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .333 .000 .333
Mike Morse 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
Roger Bernadina 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ian Desmond 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jordan Zimmermann 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1.000    
Tom Gorzelanny 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Edwin Jackson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 76 69 8 2 0 3 6 6 23 .116 .187 .275 .462

 

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There are also several Nats that Young has not yet faced, including Jesus Flores, Steve Lombardozzi, and Bryce Harper. It should be interesting to see how the Nationals fair against Young tonight.

Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill for the Nationals, in pursuit of his 4th win of the season. To this point of the season, Jordan Zimmermann is 3-5 with a 2.80 ERA and a 6.2 K/9.

In yet another fairly limited sample size, the Mets have faired well against Zimmermann, so the right hander will be looking to even the numbers a little bit:

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
David Wright 17 16 3 1 0 0 1 0 6 .188 .176 .250 .426
Daniel Murphy 12 12 6 1 0 1 3 0 1 .500 .500 .833 1.333
Josh Thole 10 9 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 .333 .400 .333 .733
Ike Davis 9 6 3 1 0 1 2 2 1 .500 .556 1.167 1.722
Lucas Duda 7 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 .167 .286 .333 .619
Andres Torres 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Jonathon Niese 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .500 .000 .500
Johan Santana 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
R.A. Dickey 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Total 63 56 18 4 0 2 10 5 14 .321 .365 .500 .865

 

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First pitch tonight, 6/5/12 at 7:05.

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