Found July 25, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Starting Lineup Ruben Tejada – SS Jordany Valdespin – LF David Wright – 3B Ike Davis – 1B Daniel Murphy – 2B Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF Josh Thole – C Andres Torres – CF Jeremy Hefner – RHP The Mets and Nationals play a day game tomorrow as the Mets try to pull themselves out of a tailspin. Yesterday the Mets had a 1-0 lead until the Nationals tied it, then exploded out to a 5-1 lead. Another pinch-hit Valdespin homer made the game 5-2, but the Mets would not pull any closer. Today Jeremy Hefner makes his first start in the absence of Johan Santana as he takes on Stephen Strasburg. Jeremy Hefner is 1-3 on the season over 12 games and 3 starts with a 5.85 ERA over 32.1 innings. In the minors, he is 5-2 over 10 games and 9 starts with a 2.77 ERA. His last start for the Mets was against the Nationals as he picked up the loss after allowing 4 runs, 3 earned over 6 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Hefner: Espinosa 1-3 Flores 0-3 Harper 0-3 LaRoche 2-3, HR Lombardoz...

Stephen Strasburg didn't nibble, was really dirty.

"It's just...attack the strike zone, don't nibble, and make them put the ball in want to go out and make your stuff really dirty." (Stephen Strasburg, via postgame, 7/25/2012) "He's tremendous. My gosh, almighty." (Terry Collins, via, 7/25, 2012) Nationals 5, Mets 2: Sweep! Nasty, filthy Strasburg...

Strasburg's determination impressive in routine win

Stephen Strasburg is pretty tough on himself. He was visibly upset for allowing a ground-rule double to the Mets' Josh Thole in the fifth inning Wednesday. That kind of determination to be very good every game has defined the Washington Nationals' ace. His goal is not just to get outs. He demands more. Strasburg was brilliant in his 20th start, even if he thought he made...

Strasburg dominates as Nats sweep

Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven dominant innings, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa hit consecutive homers and the Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the free-falling New York Mets on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory. Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer for a second straight day, and Espinosa doubled and scored on one of the Mets' two errors in the Nationals' fifth...

Can Harvey do for the Mets staff what Valdespin has for the offense

The second half of the season has been a complete disaster for the New York Mets.  A team that once stood six games over .500 and 1/2 game from a wild-card spot less than two weeks ago has lost 8 of 9 coming out of the break and is now under .500 for the first time this season.  These days it’s hard to imagine the team winning a series let alone contend for a playoff spot and...

Swept Away Again, Mets Drop Sixth Straight

Stephen Strasburg was dominant, Jeremy Hefner was good, but not good enough and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Mets on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The 5-2 loss was the sixth straight for the Mets and their 12th in the last 13 games. During that time span they’ve been on a freefall from a tie for the Wild Card, just 4.5 games out of first in...

Letter to the Editor: Why show the Yankee game?

The Post Standard (Syracuse, NY) July 17, 2012 Tuesday To the Editor:I just returned home from the Syracuse Chiefs vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees game. After a short rain delay, I was treated to some great baseball. My problem was that during the rain delay, we were "treated" to the New York Yankees broadcast on the big screen. Really? Stephen Strasburg was pitching...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 7: Duck by <a href="/author/ben_lindbergh/">Ben Lindbergh</a> and <a href="/author/sam_miller/">Sam Miller</a>

Ben and Sam examine how the Nationals have gone about implementing and publicizing Stephen Strasburg's innings limit and revisit Billy Beane's trades from last winter in light of Oakland's success.

Malaise Setting In As Listless Mets Fall To Nationals 5-2

Oh no, not another Joe D. game recap… Embrace the horror my friends. Nothing we do now will change anything. The time to strike was when the Mets were winning and they needed a general manager who could sustain that glorious run when the Mets never spent a day under ,500 and staked a solid claim on the National League Wild Card. You snooze, you lose. Sandman fell asleep at the...

Just When They Suck Me In, They Just Suck

I am not going to spend much time talking about tonight’s horrendous 5-2 loss to the Nationals, and I’m not going to focus on moral victories, because there is no such thing right now.  Instead I’m going to complain. I’m going to complain about how every time I wait to invest myself into this team, they let me down. I enjoyed the crap out of the first half of the season...

Game Preview & Lineup: Harvey Makes MLB Debut As Mets Begin 4-Game Set With D’Backs

Starting Lineup Ruben Tejada – SS Daniel Murphy – 2B David Wright – 3B Scott Hairston – RF Ike Davis – 1B Jason Bay – LF Andres Torres – CF Rob Johnson – C Matt Harvey – RHP The Mets go out west to find themselves, or some wins. Preferably some wins. It would be nice to win again. How rude of me, I forgot to wish you a Happy Matt Harvey day! Today the Mets rookie...
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