Nats vs. Mets: Game 1

If you believe the Nationals play in month-long spurts or slumps, you are probably glad that today is July 1. We can officially say goodbye to the month of June. On top of the promise a new month brings, the Nationals face the Mets tonight–a team that weathered both an 85-minute rain delay and a late flight from Puerto Rico last night. The Nationals themselves return home to kick off a 10-game homestand that will carry them into the All-Star Break, just another reason to stay positive. But the team has already been doing that. Here’s what they have to say about the June slump:

Jim Riggleman:All of us feel like we can win more games…I feel like there’s enough talent here that the glass is half-full.”

Ryan Zimmerman: “Whether we’ve won five in a row or lost five in a row, I think we have the same amount of confidence that we’re going to win every game.

Ian Desmond: “The sense in here is the feeling that you get when you can’t catch a break. That’s what it feels like. That’s the best description. There’s no one sad, no one’s upset. There’s probably some frustrated people, but no one’s down by any means. We’re ready to go, we’re ready to win every game.”

Mets (44-34):

1.    Jesus Feliciano – CF

2.    Ruben Tejada – SS

3.    David Wright – 3B

4.    Ike Davis – 1B

5.    Jeff Francoeur – RF

6.    Chris Carter – LF

7.    Henry Blanco – C

8.    Alex Cora – 2B

9.    Johan Santana – SP (5-5, 3.55 ERA)

* David Wright led the National League and was third in the Majors, hitting .404 (42-104) in June. He also led the NL and was second in the Majors with 29 RBI during the same period. Wright became the first player in franchise history to bat at least .400 with 25 or more RBI in a calendar month.

Nationals (34-45):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Michael Morse – RF

7.      Ian Desmond – SS

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (6-4, 3.10 ERA)

* The Nationals’ 34 wins to date are eight more than the 26 W’s registered by the team prior to last season’s All-Star Break. Last year, Washington did not record its 34th win until August 3rd, an 8-4 victory at Pittsburgh.

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