After sweeping the Braves over the weekend, the Mets will look to the Nationals to be their next victims as they start a three-game series in Citi Field tonight at 7:10.
David Wright comes in hot for the Mets tonight. David has driven in a run in each of the first three games of the season. At this point, his rib injury seems far behind him. Yesterday, he continued that, reaching base three times, including two walks.
Speaking of yesterday, the Mets finished off a three-game sweep of the Braves by a score of 7-5. Jonathon Niese had a no-hitter through six, but Freddie Freeman broke it up on a right field single. The Braves scored four in the seventh, but the Met offense was just too good. Lead by 4-5 Ruben Tejada, the Mets scored seven runs on 11 hits to beat Atlanta, with Frank Francisco earning the save once again, pitching a perfect ninth.
The Nationals, meanwhile, took on the Cubs and almost came back to win it in the ninth, but just fell short. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija threw 8.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out eight. He was relieved by Cubs closer Carlos Marmol, who got Xavier Nady to fly out and end the game. The Nats fell to 2-1, but earned the series win.
Here are your starters for the series:
Game 1- Tonight at 7:10:
- Mike Pelfrey- Mets- Mike is coming off an awful 7-13 season in which he posted an abysmal 4.74 ERA, which is much better than how he pitched. He almost lost his job in Spring Training, but was saved by two nice starts. He hopes (for his future’s sake) that he continues and pitches well tonight.
- Edwin Jackson- Nationals- In the Nats’ second biggest move of the winter, they acquired starter Edwin Jackson, signing him via free agency. Jackson 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA between the White Sox and Cardinals last season. He helped the Cardinals in their playoff run last year, and made three postseason starts.
Game 2- Tuesday at 7:10:
- Dillon Gee- Mets- Gee will look to capture some of that first half magic from last season, when he was the last undefeated starter in baseball at 7-0, and a Rookie of the Year favorite. Now, after a second half to forget, Gee will look to start his first full season with a set role with a bang against the Nationals on Tuesday.
- Ross Detwiler- Nationals- Detwiler beat out John Lannon for the last spot in the Washington rotation after going 1-1 in seven games this spring. Last season, Detwiler started 10 games, going 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA.
Game 3- Wednesday at 1:10:
- Johan Santana- Mets- Johan will make his second start of the year Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. In his Opening Day start against the Braves, Santana pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits.
- Stephen Strasburg- Nationals- Strasburg will make his second career start against the Amazin’s. The first came back in 2010, when he tossed five innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five.
The Mets were 8-10 against the Nationals last season.