Originally posted on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 4/11/12
The Mets and Nationals face off in the rubber game of their three game series at 1:10 pm today when Johan Satnana (0-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound against Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 1.27 ERA).  Both still considered their squad respective aces, both Santana and Strasburg will be making only their second starts following major arm surgery, however both pitched very well in their first appearances of the season.

The Mets will look to salvage the final game of these season after a very poor effort last night in a 6-2 loss.  Furthermore, the Mets will do so without David Wright, who broke his pinky finger on his right hand on Monday and will be out for a yet undisclosed period of time.  This game, while by no means a must win, would be a very big early season victory for the team and its fan base after the severely disappointing day yesterday.

If the team can come away with the win, they would enter their weekend series with the division favorite, Philadelphia Phillies with a mark of 5-1, and regain some of the momentum they lost yesterday.

Washington Nationals:
1) Ian Desmond SS
2) Danny Espinosa 2B
3) Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4) Jayson Werth CF
5) Mark DeRosa LF
6) Adam LaRoche 1B
7) Xavier Nady RF
8) Jesus Flores C
9) Stephen Strasburg P

New York Mets:
1) Ruben Tejada SS
2) Daniel Murphy 2B
3) Lucas Duda RF
4) Ike Davis 1B
5) Jason Bay LF
6) Josh Thole C
7) Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
8) Ronny Cedeno 3B
9) Johan Santana P

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Mets first game ever, played on this date in 1962 in St. Louis against the Cardinals.  Lets Go Mets!!
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