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Game 53: Mets at Nats

Jun 5, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann faces the red-hot Mets this evening at Nationals Park.

It's kind of becoming a broken record — and we'll probably be saying this over and over again as the rest of the season plays out — but the Nationals open a big series tonight. Their latest tough division opponent: the Mets, who weren't supposed to contend this season but have surprised and enter this series having won nine of 13 to draw within a half-game of the Nats and Marlins atop the NL East.

New York will send Chris Young to the mound for his first start in 13 months. The 6-foot-10 right-hander had surgery on his shoulder capsule, the same procedure Chien-Ming Wang and Johan Santana needed.

Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile, starts for the Nationals, looking to bounce back from a less-than-spectacular outing last week in Miami.

Updates to come…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (30-22)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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241 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. phil dunton - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Dagger!

  2. SCNatsFan - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Like the team Detwiler needs to learn how to put people away.

  3. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:55 AM

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  4. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:56 AM

    Flores has fallen to sleep tonight. Time to walk Wright with no outs

  5. Exposremains - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:56 AM

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  6. Will - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    I'm putting myself on the 15 day DL, y'all. I can't take this team.

  7. Exposremains - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    FP is right the Mets do all the little things right on offense. That's the complete opposite of Nats. So doing the little things right is as good as having a great rotation.

  8. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    rogieshan said… Is LaRoche fatigued or is he playing hurt?June 05, 2012 10:52 PM ______________________________This has been discussed for about 3 weeks now on here. Many of us think he has lost some bat speed.

  9. phil dunton - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Put Morse on first base and sit Laroche.

  10. DJB - Jun 6, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Nats may be the worst hitting team in the Majors. I would like to see their hitting stats compared with historically bad hitting teams. Rizzo, you need to start getting bats ASAP! Trade whoever you need to. Trade off Laroche. O for 6 as a four hole. No hits in how many games. What is Espinosa doing out there?

  11. SCNatsFan - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Sad that right now Jordan has one of our 2 extra base hits

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    remember LaRoche traidtionally warms up in May. This year it is the opposite. I expected him to do his normally and do much better in May and the rest of the season, I guess he wasn't up to it.I went to the shower after LaRoche struck out hoping to see the nats hitting when I returned and the damn Mets are still up, what happened. All he had to is get 3 outs (just like they do to us so often).

  13. Exposremains - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    I bet it will come down to Espinosa and Ankiel again.

  14. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Elvin Ramirez wanted to give up the winning run last inning.

  15. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Morse shook the outfield wall. A shorter wall and that is gone.

  16. baseballjones - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    this game is ugly. the team looks lifeless. very disappointing.

  17. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    IAN DESMOND!!!!

  18. SCNatsFan - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Man Desmond is really becoming impressive

  19. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Why wasn't Espi bunting? I don't get it?

  20. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    Where is Chad Tracy when we need him?

  21. rogieshan - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    Thanks, Gonat (Re: LaRoche). I wish Espinosa would lose some bat speed. Kid is swinging too hard.

  22. baseballjones - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    does laroche wear an oversize helmet? he looks like that martian on bugs bunny, his head is swimming in that thing. either a martian or a 6 year old.

  23. Drew - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    Gracious, what a crazy game.Go Ross!

  24. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    I thought the strategy was a fake bunt. Detwiler gives him 2 strikes.

  25. baseballjones - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    gonat, your avatar or whatever it's called seems to be a perfect snapshot of an inverted w.

  26. MicheleS - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOO

  27. NatsNut - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    wow.

  28. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Outfield playing in and Bryce gets it in WALK-OFF!!!!

  29. NatsNut - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    hey soul possession, you here? =)

  30. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    DESMOND, MORSE, HARPER

  31. NatsLady - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    (a) Mets have no D and no bullpen(b) Nats CAN't hit!(c) Davey a great manager. Wow.

  32. Exposremains - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    too much drama, but I'm happy

  33. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    Mets made 3 errors so I think the Nats deserved it more but they didn't seem to want to win it.Luckily Detwiler didn't totally self-destruct in the 12th. Lucky the pitcher Ramirez hit for himself and struck out.

  34. TimDz - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    Reaching out on a limb..Harper…ROY?:)

  35. Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    I second your WOOOOP HOOOOO,Michelle.Folks, I think from one or the other of you, according to the fair weather fans on this board at least of half of our roster and our coaches "suck." Well, we're still in first place and I wouldn't trade our manager for any other one in the game.

  36. TimDz - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Can I get a "HELL YA?"

  37. Nats212 - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Ready to give davey and this team more chances mick?

  38. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    Desmond tied it in the 8th, 10th and 12th.Harper first game winning hit.Also with 7 at bats he gets closer to qualifying for league stats (you need 3.1 plate appearances per game).

  39. Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    I'm so sick of the posters on this board telling us how much so many of our players "suck," not to mention how many times that I hear ," this one's on Davey."You just come across as very uninformed, and juvenile.

  40. Gonat - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:45 AM

    I can't sleep but in a good way. Will watch MLB Network after MASN Post-game

  41. JaneB - Jun 6, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    We were the lead sory on ESPN, too. And I can't sleep either. I wish it were easier to post from the game, but it's not.I hope they sleep well and that EJax has a textbook outting tomorrow.

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