Nats look to end skid against Mets

Mets (19-21):

1.    Jose Reyes – SS

2.    Luis Castillo – 2B

3.    Jason Bay – LF

4.    Ike Davis – 1B

5.    Angel Pagan – CF

6.    Jeff Francoeur – RF

7.    Fernando Tatis – 3B

8.    Henry Blanco – C

9.    RA Dickey – SP

 

Rod Barajas is out of the starting lineup for the second straight game which is good for Nationals fans. He is batting .323 (21-for-65) with seven home runs, 13 runs and 16 RBI in his last 19 games.

 Nationals (20-20):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Roger Bernadina – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (4-2, 1.46 ERA)

 

Since the game was rained out in Colorado on Friday night, Livan Hernandez is pitching on only three days rest. It shouldn’t be a problem for the rubber armed veteran. He could probably pitch every other day. Livo faces the Mets for the second time this season. He pitched seven scoreless innings against them on April 11 at Citi Field–his first start of the season.

 

Adam Dunn is back in the lineup after being held out of the starting lineup the past three games because of flu-like symptoms.

 

Ian Desmond is becoming more comfortable at shortstop every game. He is also batting .319 (22-for-69) with two home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs in the last 20 games.

 

“I think I’m starting to get a little more acclimated,” Desmond said. “I think early on I was probably doing a little too much, just because I was new here and I was trying to get everything figured out. Now I think I’m getting more comfortable, and now it’s just baseball.”

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