Nats-Mets Lineups

The Nationals reinstated shortstop Ian Desmond from Paternity Leave today and he will be starting this evening against the Mets. Desmond’s wife gave birth to their first son, Grayson, on Tuesday. To make room on the roster, Washington optioned outfielder Roger Bernadina to Syracuse. Bernadina went 2-for-3 with a double in this brief stint with the Nats.

 Mets:

Jose Reyes – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B

David Wright – 3B

Carlos Beltran – RF
Jason Bay – LF

Ike Davis – 1B

Josh Thole – C

Willie Harris – CF
Chris Capuano – P

 Nationals:

Danny Espinosa – 2B

Rick Ankiel – CF

Jayson Werth – RF

Adam LaRoche – 1B

Michael Morse – LF

Ian Desmond – SS

Jerry Hairston – 3B

Ivan Rodriguez – C

Livan Hernandez – P

 *In 37 starts against the Mets—who he briefly played for in 2009—Livan Hernandez has a 4.21 ERA with 150 strikeouts.

 *Against Chris Capuano, Jayson Werth has an on-base percentage of .393.

 *23 games into the season and Washington is the only team in MLB that has received at least 5.0 innings from its starters in every game. While the 23-game string of 5.0 inning starts is impressive, the Nationals’ longest such streak is 28 games, accomplished May 31-July 1, 2009.

 *Furthermore… with a current team ERA of 3.96 and three April contests remaining, the Nationals hope to register their first sub-4.00 ERA in the season’s opening month. Washington’s top ERA in the opening month of a season came in 2005 via a 4.31 mark. They finished 81-81 that season.

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