Originally written August 17, 2012 on The Daily Stache:
If one of the last resorts of 2012 for the New York Mets is to play spoiler for the top half of the NL East, it would be nice to see the Washington Nationals go down in flames down the stretch. The Mets have three games to be obnoxious at the home stadium of the National League’s best.  Coming off a night where it was all about young star-in-the-making Matt Harvey, it will be difficult to suck in as much fan attention as the team did last night. It will be Johan Santana’s second start since returning from the disabled list, and aside from rooting for Ross Detwiler for fantasy baseball purposes, all eyes, mine included, will be on Santana’s ability to bounce back from his latest of injury issues. With Ian Desmond returning to action, the Nats get a little extra punch in the infield, rounding out one of the most potent National League lineups. Lineups New York Mets 1) Ruben Tejada SS
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
  1. Through whatever means necessary, the Mets must find a way on base tonight and make Detwiler labor.
  2. 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.
  3. .The Mets will obviously rely on the plentiful right-handed bats in the lineup tonight
Slated for a 7:05 PM ET start, catch the game live on SNY and WFAN 660.

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'


Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.