Nats vs. Mets and two MLB debuts

Today’s lineups are a glimpse of the future…and the past. The game features two starting pitchers making their Big League debut. The last time that happened in Washington, DC was over 100 years ago. Dixie Walker Sr. of the AL Nationals and Bill McCorry of the St. Louis Browns faced off on September 17, 1909 at American League Base Ball Park–the first time either starting pitcher had stepped on a Major League mound.

 

Mets (67-71):

1.    Angel Pagan – RF

2.    Luis Hernandez – 2B

3.    Carlos Beltran – CF

4.    Ike Davis – 1B

5.    Mike Hessman – 3B

6.    Lucas Duda – LF

7.    Henry Blanco – C

8.    Ruben Tejada – SS

9.    Dillon Gee – SP (0-0, MLB Debut)

*Josh Thole plated two of New York’s three runs yesterday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI in the loss.

 Nationals (60-78):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Roger Bernadina – LF 

6.      Michael Morse – RF

7.      Danny Espinosa – 2B

8.      Wilson Ramos – C

9.      Yunesky Maya – SP (0-0, MLB Debut)

 

*With yesterday’s 13-3 mauling of the Mets, the Nationals have won seven of their last 11 contests, dating to August 26. In that same span, Washington has outscored its opponents, 85-55, and has led MLB in runs (85), runs per game (7.7), batting average (.316) and OPS (.876). The 85 runs also account for more runs scored than in any other 11-game span of the Nationals history since the move to Washington (2005-present).

*Danny Espinosa is 9-for-16–a ridiculous .562 batting average–in his first five games as a Major Leaguer. He is the first Nationals rookie to register more than five RBI in a single game.

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