2) Andres Torres CF
3) David Wright 3B
4) Scott Hairston RF
5) Daniel Murphy 1B
6) Ronny Cedeno 2B
7) Jason Bay LF
8 ) Kelly Shoppach jC
9) Johan Santana LHP Washington Nationals 1) Jayson Werth RF
2) Bryce Harper CF
3) Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4) Mike Morse LF
5) Adam LaRoche 1B 6) Ian Desmond SS
7) Danny Espinosa 2B
8 ) Kurt Suzuki C
9) Ross Detwiler LHP Matchup NYM: Johan Santana (6-8, 4.58 ERA) It gradually seems as if Johan Santana used up all the gas left in him back on June 1 in his stellar no-hit effort. It’s been downhill since. He’s been somewhat erratic, but worst of all, he’s had the tendency to get shelled off the bat allotting him absolutely no time to settle into his starts. If he can’t settle in, we wouldn’t even know what he can provide this rotation. Johan’s only other start against Washington this year was a well-pitched five inning, one run loss. With the Nationals lineup back at full strength, it will be a tall order tonight for the struggling southpaw. WAS: Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.18 ERA) In and out of the Nationals rotation this year, Ross Detwiler has found a home as a starting pitcher after trying to break through for a few seasons. Detwiler completely shreds his way through left-handed pitching. His last several starts haven’t been his best in the books this year, but still he’s been effective in tough spots. Besides, to this point in 2012, Detwiler has held the Mets to only one run in 14 innings. That would be the textbook domination that lefty pitching has held over the Mets this year. Detwiler simply isn’t allowing hits of late and the Mets must decipher that. Stache Keys to the Game
- Through whatever means necessary, the Mets must find a way on base tonight and make Detwiler labor.
- It is time to see a resurgence in the game of Johan Santana. He is up against Washington, but an iffy start tonight could mean his future looks a bit grim.
- .The Mets will obviously rely on the plentiful right-handed bats in the lineup tonight
TEAMS: Washington Nationals, New York Mets
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