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The Washington Nationals are sputtering, but they still hold an unlikely lead by the slimmest of margins in the cluttered NL East.
It may be even more surprising that the New York Mets aren't far behind.
The Nationals will try to reverse a sluggish stretch in the opener of this three-game series against the visiting Mets on Tuesday night.
Washington (30-22) and New York (31-24) are two of baseball's biggest surprises through the season's first two months.
The Nationals' emergence into a potential division contender has them sitting percentage points ahead of Miami for the East lead. However, the Mets are just one-half game back while Atlanta trails by two and Philadelphia by four in the NL's tightest race.
Washington, though, has lost four of five after wasting a two-run first inning to fall 3-2 to the Braves on Sunday.
New York also enters this series looking to bounce back, losing 5-4 to St. Louis on Monday after winning the first three games of the serie...
BEST OF MAXIM
Chris Young was effective for the Mets last year, but was limited to 4 starts before his shoulder problems began.
Over the next week, several Mets are expected to return from injury and rejoin the 25 man roster. One of these injured players is Chris Young. Young, all 82 inches of him, is expected to enter the Mets rotation upon return. Whether or not Young will help the Mets is a...
Manager Terry Collins announced that right-hander Chris Young will make his long anticipated return to the rotation on Tuesday when the Mets begin a big three game series against the Nationals.
Young will be on a strict pitch count and is expected to throw between 80-85 pitches, with a limit of 90 according to Collins. Miguel Batista will also be back and will most likely back up...
Chris Young looked good in his first start since May of 2011, but a comedy of errors lead to a thrilling game that was decided in the twelfth in the Mets 7-6 loss.
Chris Young coming back to the Mets in his first start in over a year pitched admirably, going five innings while giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Young consistently...
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, lf
Andres Torres, cf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, rf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Ike Davis, 1b
Josh Thole, c
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Chris Young, rhp
The Mets look to build off their successful homestand as they start a road trip tonight in Washington DC. As you know by now the NL East is a close, close division and for the second time this year the Mets get...
The Mets open a nine-game road trip tonight in Washington D.C. where they’ll begin a three-game set with the National League East leading Nationals. Just a half game separates the Mets and Nats in the standings, so the outcome of this series will have an impact on how the division looks going forward in June. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be seen on SNY...
The Mets have announced that left fielder Jason Bay has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and reliever Pedro Beato from the 60-day disabled list.
To make room for Jason Bay on the roster, the Mets have placed pitcher Chris Young on paternity leave. Meanwhile, the Mets designated Josh Satin for assignment to clear a spot for Pedro Beato.
So in the last 24 hours,...
The Mets look to build off their successful homestand as they start a road trip tonight in Washington DC. As you know by now the NL East is a close, close division and for the second time this year the Mets get a shot at the Washington Nationals. Tonight Chris Young will make his debut for the Mets as he takes on Jordan Zimmermann.
The Mets hope their search for a fifth starter ends...
The New York Mets (31-24) will kick-off a three-game series tonight against the Nationals (30-22) at Nationals Park in Washington D.C..First pitch will be at 7:05 PM EDT.
Tonight’s lineups, thanks to Kevin Burkhardt’s picture of tonight’s lineup card:
Tonight’s Pitching Probables:
Chris Young (1-0, 1.88 ERA in 2011) will start for the Mets.
Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.80...
The Mets have a lot of pitchers in their system that seem to succeed despite being later draft picks. Collin McHugh is one such example. Drafted in the 18th round of the 2008 draft, McHugh left college for the big leagues.
When I look back at McHugh’s time with the Mets it’s hard for me to find too much to fault. He signed quickly and played in Rookie Ball back in 2008...
Chris Young will be making the start for the Mets tonight at Washington. He is 13 months removed from the same shoulder surgery that Johan Santana and Mark Prior have had. He has had 4 rehab starts, three in Single A where he pitched a 3.18 ERA and then 6 scoreless in his last start at AAA. He is expected to max out at 80 or 85 pitches today. I've grabbed him as a lotto ticket...
The Tuesday Takeaway
After five innings of last night’s series opener between the Mets and Nationals, the home team led 3-0 and the game story was simple: Jordan Zimmermann outshines Chris Young in Young’s 2012 debut, as Washington extends its NL East lead. That last clause still rang true at the end of the 12-inning marathon, but by the time the Nats walked off with a 7-6...