Found July 19, 2012 on The Daily Stache:

This afternoon in the nation’s capital, the Mets look to avoid being swept…again.  Another bullpen fiasco last night at the hands of Miguel Batista essentially killed the Mets chances of coming back.  Chris young pitched another solid game, but ran out of gas in the 6th inning, allowing an Adam Laroche 2 run homer to put the Nats up 2-0.  David Wright and Jason Bay hit solo homers in the 9th inning, but that wasn’t enough.  The Mets lost 4-3.

R.A. Dickey (12-1 2.66 ERA) will face off against Gio Gonzalez (12-4 2.93 ERA) in a solid pitching matchup.  Hopefully for the Mets, the rain holds off, considering how poorly RA has pitched when it’s been wet outside.

The game can be seen on SNY and head on WFAN 660 AM.

 STARTING LINEUPS via Metsblog.com

New York Mets

1) Ruben Tejada SS
2) Andres Torres CF
3) David Wright 3B
4) Scott Hairston RF
5) Jason Bay LF
6) Ike Davis 1B
7) Justin Turner 2B
8) Josh Thole C
9) RA Dickey SP

Washington Nationals

1. Steve Lombardozzi 2B
2. Bryce Harper RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Adam LaRoche 1B
5. Michael Morse LF
6. Danny Espinosa SS
7. Roger Bernadina CF
8. Jesus Flores C
9. Gio Gonzalez LHP

Who’s Hot for the Mets…?  Andres Torres is 8 for his last 17 with 4 RBI’s
Who’s Hot for the Nats…?  Ryan Zimmerman is 9 for his last 23 with 2 RBI’s

Pitching Matchup

R.A. Dickey (12-1 2.66 ERA) gets the start for the Mets today.  Dickey has been downright terrible in 3 of his last 4 starts.  Aside from his 8 inning 3 hit performance vs the Dodgers, R.A. has allowed 15 runs in the other 3 starts.  He has been allowing a ton of hits with 2 strikes in the count for some reason.  R.A. NEEDS to stop the bleeding today.

Gio Gonzalez (12-4 2.93 ERA) will oppose Dickey today.  Gio has been the stud in this real good staff this year.  His 12 wins are tied with Dickey for the top total in the NL.  In his last outing Gio didn’t get any run support and lost to the Marlins 2-1.  Gonzalez allowed 2 runs over 6 innings while striking out 9.

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