What to Watch For: 9/10

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Washington Nationals (86-54) vs. New York Mets (65-75)

LHP Gio Gonzalez (18-7, 2.98) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.27)

The Nationals finished their recent 11-game homestand 8-3 and begin a six-game road trip in New York against the Mets tonight. Southpaw Gio Gonzalez hopes to become the first pitcher in the majors to 19 wins this season as he opposes rookie Collin McHugh in the opener.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Gonzalez LHP

PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

Fresh off a season-long 11-game homestand, the Nationals rode the rails north to begin a three-game series tonight in their final visit of the season to Citi Field. During the 8-3 homestand, Washington outscored St. Louis (series win, 3-1), Chicago (series win, 4-0) and Miami (series loss, 1-2) by 30 runs (76-46) and out-homered their guests, 27-11. The Nationals also scored seven or more runs in a game eight times.

SEPTEMBERS TO REMEMBER

Gio Gonzalez toes the rubber tonight at Citi Field in the midst of a scoreless streak that has reached 16.0 consecutive innings over his last two starts. Gonzalez is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA (10 ER/48.0 IP) in the month of September over the last two seasons (2011 and 2012).

NATS NOTES

The Nationals are 8-2 in one-run games against the Mets since the beginning of 2011. Washington has claimed two straight season series (2011 and ‘12) from New York after the Mets went 6-0-1 in the series from 2004-2010. Davey Johnson (595-417, .588) managed the Mets from 1984-90. Johnson remains the Mets winningest manager (in both wins and percentage) and he was inducted into the Mets Hall-of-Fame on August 1, 2010.

DATE IN DC BASEBALL

September 10, 1950: In an 8-1 victory over the Washington Senators, Yankee clipper Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in a game at Griffith Stadium.

September 10, 2009: Ian Desmond goes 2-for-4 with a double, homer and four RBI in his MLB debut, an 8-7 win vs. Philadelphia. Desmond, thus, became only the second player since 1920 (the first season RBI was regarded as an official statistic) to drive in at least four runs as a shortstop in an MLB debut. The first to turn the trick was, coincidentally, the Phillies Ted Kazanski, June 25, 1953 at Wrigley Field.

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