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Game 53: New York Mets (31-24) vs. Washington Nationals (30-22)

RHP Chris Young (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.80)

For the first time this season, the Washington Nationals will be playing the New York Mets at Nationals Park. In their last encounter April 9-11, the Nationals won the series (2-1) at Citi Field.

NATS DRAFT ANOTHER GIO

Lucas Giolito, who stands 6-foot-6 and 230 lbs, is the first prep player selected by the Nationals with their top selection in a draft since 2006, when they tabbed 1B/OF Chris Marrero out of Monsignor Pace (FL) HS. Giolito went 9-1 with 78 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA in 70.1 innings as a senior at Harvard-Westlake.

BIG EAST

The Nationals are 12-7 against NL East competition (4-1 vs. ATL, 2-3 vs. MIA, 4-2 vs. PHI, 2-1 vs. NYM) and their .632 intradivision winning percentage is tops in the NL East.

HOME COOKING

The Nationals are 16-9 at home, where their .640 winning percentage ranks 2nd in MLB behind only LAD’s .700 mark at Dodger Stadium.

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