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Game 59: Mets at Nats

Jun 5, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Can one ninth-inning rally carry over to the next night and create long-term momentum for a struggling ballclub? The Nationals certainly hope so, though you all know the adage by now: Momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher. So the Nats will need Dan Haren to come through with a strong performance tonight against the Mets.

But they'll also hope to string some more hits together, with a lineup that tonight will include Anthony Rendon making his first big-league start (and only ninth career professional start) at second base. All the Steve Lombardozzi fans out there need not worry: Lombo is scheduled to start in left field tonight, so he's not being cast aside to the bench 24 hours after driving in the game-winning run last night.

Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler are each supposed to throw bullpen sessions this afternoon, after which the Nationals will determine when each injured starter will be ready to return to the mound. So stay tuned for updates there, and right back here for game updates throughout…

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), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mphRF to LF

NATIONALS (29-29)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche

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405 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Dan Strong - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    And that's that… Welcome to third place.

  2. MrsB loves the Nats - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Lets salvage the series and Win tomorrow… Later folks…

  3. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    They could have put Morse at first and platooned him with La Roche like the Yankees used to do. Yes, he was a poor outfielder, but so is Tyler Moore, who has essentially contributed nothing to the time this year except keeping the fans in the first row cool with his swings.Anyone who says offense doesn't matter in baseball is an absolute fool.The goal is outscoring the opposition and there are plenty of ways to do it. Offense doesn't win championships, nor does defense. Outscoring the opposition does.

  4. DWS - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Very interesting speed read. For all of you who don't like following the Nats, before them (and the Expos) there was the Dodgers. mick you're reverting to form.The sun will rise and there will be baseball tomorrow…whether the ledge let go or not.My 2 cents.

  5. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    How are Chad Tracy and Tyler Moore even on the roster? I don't understand how it is even possible to carry guys hitting under .150 on the team. Why do they even pull the pitchers and have these guys hit for them when Gio, Haren and Strasburg are all better hitters.It is such a joke every time that Davey pinch hits these guys. I can't stomach much more of Chad Tracy and Tyler Moore this year. I really can't.

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