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Game 88: Mets at Nats

Jul 17, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats return home tonight to open a key series against the Mets.

After a somewhat disappointing four-game split in Miami, the Nationals return to D.C. for what has the makings of a very important homestand: Three games against the third-place Mets, followed by four games in three days against the second-place Braves.

"Oh, no doubt about it," Davey Johnson said after last night's 5-3 loss. "But I think we're in good shape. The whole lineup's swinging the bat good. Our pitchers are throwing the ball good. Bring 'em on."

The Nationals currently are six games up on the Mets (who have lost four straight) so there's actually an opportunity here to deal New York's surprise playoff hopes a series blow. Ross Detwiler gets the first crack tonight, facing fellow left-hander Jonathon Niese.

After flying home from Miami, I've got the night off. But Chase Hughes will have you covered with game updates and all the evening's other news and notes, so please check back…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 96 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (51-36)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse

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WLGB
NEW YORK7359
WASHINGTON66656.5
ATLANTA547819.0
MIAMI547919.5
PHILADELPHIA538020.5
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PITTSBURGH7951+4.5
CHICAGO7556
SAN FRANCISCO69636.5
WASHINGTON66659.0
*Through Tuesday's early games

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