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April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm

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Posted: 4/19/2013 9:19 AM

April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 


April 19, 2013

Washington Nationals (9-6)
Washington Nationals

New York Mets (7-7)
New York Mets
@

Citi Field
7:10pm EDT


UNOFFICIAL 
LINEUPS
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       1. Denard Span, CF
        2. Jayson Werth, RF
      3. Bryce Harper, LF
              4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
         5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
     6. Ian Desmond, SS
              7. Danny Espinosa, 2B    
    8. Wilson Ramos, C
             9. Stephen Strasburg, P


                 1. Jordany Valdespin, LF
         2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
       3. David Wright, 3B
4. Ike Davis, 1B
5. John Buck, C
      6. Marlon Byrd, CF

     7. Mike Baxter, RF
        8. Ruben Tejada, SS
   9. Matt Harvey, P


Pitching matchup


This pitching matchup could have taken place seven months ago. Instead, it will happen Friday night when Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals put their franchise-record eight-game road winning streak in this series on the line against impressive New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey.

Strasburg was in line to pitch Sept. 12 in the final matchup with the Mets last season, but the Nationals made the controversial move of shutting down their ace, who was in his first full season following Tommy John surgery. Washington won its eighth straight at Citi Field that night behind starter John Lannan and Ryan Zimmerman, who hit a solo homer off Harvey in a 2-0 victory. Harvey, making his first start against Washington, struck out 10 in five-plus innings.


Harvey (3-0, 0.82 ERA) gets the ball after fanning nine in eight innings of a 4-2 victory at Minnesota on Saturday. He didn't give up a hit until Justin Morneau's solo homer with two out in the seventh.


"I'm glad they've got another good young pitcher coming along that's showing a lot of promise," Nationals manager Davey Johnson, the Mets' manager from 1984-90, told the team's official website. " ... That's interesting, and I'll look forward to it when Friday comes."


Strasburg (1-2, 2.95) gets back to work after losing his second consecutive start, 3-1 to Atlanta on Saturday. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs in six innings after walking four and yielding six runs in his previous outing, a 6-3 loss at Cincinnati on April 7.

"I wanted to go out there and try to go deep in the ballgame, but unfortunately I threw a lot of pitches early (and finished with 112), so that kind of spoiled that," Strasburg said. "But at least I was able to go out and give six."


Strasburg was dominant in two starts at Citi Field last season, both wins.


Zimmerman, 24 for 71 (.338) with four homers and 13 RBIs against the Mets in 2012, left Wednesday's 6-1 victory at Miami with cramps in his left hamstring, but he should be available Friday.

Nationals outfielder Denard Span could return after missing two games with the flu, but second baseman Danny Espinosa (bruised right hand) is questionable after sitting out three.

There's no question the Mets (7-7) are happy about playing their first home game since April 7 after a trip that included three winter weather postponements. New York lost its third straight Thursday, 11-3, in a game that started at 28 degrees, tying a Colorado Rockies' record for coldest home start.


"We're glad it's over and we know the weather's going to start changing soon, start getting baseball weather," manager Terry Collins said. "We didn't swing the bats today either. We didn't get a lot of opportunities. We've got to start taking BP like we normally do and get back on our schedule.''


A bigger concern might be the Mets' bullpen, which saw its ERA jump from 3.06 to 5.32 on the trip.


Second baseman Daniel Murphy hit .417 (15 for 36) during that stretch, while David Wright went 13 for 35 (.371) with his first two homers and a team-high 13 RBIs.


Wright hit .344 (22 for 64) with five homers and 10 RBIs last season against Washington (9-6), which won 14 of 18 matchups. The third baseman is 1 for 6 with four strikeouts versus Strasburg.


Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, who's batting .364 with five homers and 11 RBIs, is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Harvey.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:45 AM

Re: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 


Going tonight. Hope the T-storms hold off.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:48 AM

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Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:51 AM

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Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool


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Posted: 4/19/2013 10:53 AM

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Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool
You can borrow mine, if you'd like.  Just forward a proceed of your salary to my Bank Account.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/19/2013 11:13 AM

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Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool
You can borrow mine, if you'd like.  Just forward a proceed of your salary to my Bank Account.
You assume I have a salary in this economy laugh.gif


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Posted: 4/19/2013 11:14 AM

Re: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 



Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool
You can borrow mine, if you'd like.  Just forward a proceed of your salary to my Bank Account.
You assume I have a salary in this economy laugh.gif
Who are you, Turk Wendell? - offering to pitch for free? tongue

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:29 PM

Re: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 



Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool
You can borrow mine, if you'd like.  Just forward a proceed of your salary to my Bank Account.
You assume I have a salary in this economy laugh.gif
Who are you, Turk Wendell? - offering to pitch for free? tongue
I heard it's an "internship"


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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:40 PM

Re: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 



Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool
You can borrow mine, if you'd like.  Just forward a proceed of your salary to my Bank Account.
You assume I have a salary in this economy laugh.gif
Who are you, Turk Wendell? - offering to pitch for free? tongue
I heard it's an "internship"
Hope it includes a tutorial on how to work the T-Shirt Launcher....if you're not careful, you'll shoot your eye out!

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:49 PM

RE: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 


Strasburg vs. Harvey, should be an exciting game.
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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:54 PM

Re: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 



Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote:
Walnutz15 wrote:
Absentminded wrote: Going tonight.
We can all see through your slick phrasing - enough to know it's actually a tryout for the starting rotation.

Best of luck. 

.......even if you bomb, you'll be good enough for work out of the 'pen.
If only I were a lefty... cool
You can borrow mine, if you'd like.  Just forward a proceed of your salary to my Bank Account.
You assume I have a salary in this economy laugh.gif
Who are you, Turk Wendell? - offering to pitch for free? tongue
I heard it's an "internship"
Hope it includes a tutorial on how to work the T-Shirt Launcher....if you're not careful, you'll shoot your eye out!
I'd be pretty pumped about that. That thing looks like fun to use.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 12:59 PM

RE: April 19, 2013: Nationals @ Mets (Strasburg-Harvey) 7:10pm 


I think Strasburg is a good matchup for the Mets. Just make him throw a ton of pitches and he'll be out by the 6th. Soriano-Clippard-Storen have all been shaky, lets see 4-0 for Harvey.
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Posted: 4/19/2013 1:31 PM

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So pumped for this game. Unfortunately I'll be stuck with the MASN broadcast down here in DC. Bleh.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 1:35 PM

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RSVandy wrote: Strasburg vs. Harvey, should be an exciting game.


Yeah - we're at the absolute pinnacle of the casual fan's "overhyping Matt Harvey" stage.  Don't get me wrong, I've loved what we've seen - but it's almost to the point where people expect that this is going to be what he is, every start now.

Love listening to Francesa for a few minutes during lunch, like he was the scout that discovered him - based off a few good opening performances last year.  "I TOLD YOU HE WAS GOING TO BE GREAT." -- Hey Mike, "Who's David Wright?"

Clown likely never heard of Hawvee prior to his 1st pitch last season.

Wonder how he treats him, provided things start to even out.  This is a good match-up for Harvey to see where he stands.

"Use your head.....that's that lump 3 feet above your arse." - Jimmy Dugan

Last edited 4/19/2013 1:49 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:44 PM

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Once again, I am on the same page as you, Nutz. I obviously want Harvey to succeed and live up to the hype, but Im sick of having Mets fandom be about the 1 pitcher we throw out every 5th day to see if he can match up with other great pitchers. i will be paying attention tonight to see if Tejada can complete throws to first base, and others play good baseball.
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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:49 PM

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dcmets wrote: Once again, I am on the same page as you, Nutz. I obviously want Harvey to succeed and live up to the hype, but Im sick of having Mets fandom be about the 1 pitcher we throw out every 5th day to see if he can match up with other great pitchers. i will be paying attention tonight to see if Tejada can complete throws to first base, and others play good baseball.

Well, then you are likely screwed.
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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:50 PM

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what's latest on the weather forecast?
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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:52 PM

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I know.

Do you think Davey Johnson or anyone on the Nats cares about the matchup between Harvey and Strasburg in game 15 of the season? My guess is no.
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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:54 PM

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oct271986 wrote:
dcmets wrote: Once again, I am on the same page as you, Nutz. I obviously want Harvey to succeed and live up to the hype, but Im sick of having Mets fandom be about the 1 pitcher we throw out every 5th day to see if he can match up with other great pitchers. i will be paying attention tonight to see if Tejada can complete throws to first base, and others play good baseball.

Well, then you are likely screwed.

When Wheeler comes up, it will be about 3 of the 5 starting pitchers we throw out there.
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:58 PM

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Im psyched about Niese, Wheeler and Harvey being great pitchers, but I've seen articles written about how tonight is a huge game for the Mets and Harvey's future. Im more interested in winning the series. Just MO.
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