Nationals @ Mets: Game Preview (7/23)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Monday, July 23, 2012

Nationals vs Mets
7:10 PM Citi Field
Story Lines:
  • The Mets will look to gain back some ground on the Nationals starting tonight.
  • Ian Desmond is hitting the DL for the Nationals, who are being carried by Ryan Zimmerman's hot bat at the moment.
  • Young has pitched well against the Nats this season, but hasn't gotten a win against them.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Jordan Zimmermann
    • 7-6 with a 2.35 ERA.
    • Has only allowed 1 run in his last 19 innings.
    • Has given up 9 hits, 2 runs, and 0 walks against the Mets this season.
  • Chris Young
    • 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA.
    • Has allowed 10 runs in his last 16 innings.
    • Has given up 12 hits, 4 runs, and 2 walks against the Nats this season.
Who to Watch:
  • Ryan Zimmerman
    • Hitting .294 with a homerun against Young lifetime.
    • In the last two series, he has hit 4 homeruns and is hitting .444.
    • With Desmond sidelined, he is heating up at just the right time.
  • Daniel Murphy
    • Hitting .353 with a homerun against Zimmermann lifetime.
    • Went 4-5 last night against the Dodgers.
    • Went 2-6 in the last series against the Nationals.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Do What You Do J-Zimm.  It's working.
  2. Table Setters Gotta Set.  Zim is on fire, but the guys in front of him have to get on base.
  3. Hit Young Hard.  His height makes a weird arm angle, but the Nats have seen him twice already. 

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