Series #6 Preview: Nats at Mets

After taking two of three from the
Marlins in Miami the Nats head to New York to take on the Mets. With the full accompaniment
of Bryce Harper and Denard Span back in the lineup after battling illness, the
offense will be primed to take on a Mets team that the Nats went 14-4 against
in 2012, hitting their staff to the tune of .262/.330/.417. It should also be
noted that two of those losses came against RA Dickey.

Speaking of RA Dickey, the biggest
move the Mets made this offseason was to move the Cy Young winner to Toronto
for a package of prospects. So far this season the Mets are 7-7, having started
well but are currently on a three-game slide. This week has been particularly
difficult on the Mets with multiple games postponed against the Twins and Rockies
due to snow, leading to a doubleheader in Colorado on Tuesday. The offense,
powered by John Buck, David Wright and Daniel Murphy, is hitting .269/.344/.443
and averaging 6 runs per game.

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Game 16: Friday, April 19, Citi
Field 7:10pm, Stephen
Strasburg
, RHP (1-2, 2.95 ERA) vs. Matt
Harvey
, RHP (3-0, 0.82 ERA)

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After
struggling early last Saturday against the Braves, Strasburg found his groove
and ultimately went six innings in the losing effort while only conceding two
unearned runs on 112 pitches with seven strikeouts. In three career starts
against the Mets Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.889 WHIP and a 12.5 K/9.
Against current Mets Stras has been phenomenal, holding the team to a combined
.505 OPS against. Ike Davis is surprisingly good against Strasburg, compiling a
1.194 OPS on 9 PA’s with a homerun and a walk. No other Mets batter has an OPS
of .668 or higher against him.

Current
Mets vs. Stephen Strasburg:

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per team game played” align=”center”>OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Ike Davis 9 8 3 0 0 1 1 1 2 .375 .444 .750 1.194
John Buck 9 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 .222 .222 .222 .444
Ruben Tejada 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .125 .125 .125 .250
Daniel Murphy 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
David Wright 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .167 .167 .167 .333
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Marlon Byrd 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Jordany Valdespin 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Lucas Duda 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Total 53 50 10 0 0 1 2 3 22 .200 .245 .260 .505
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The 7th overall pick in
the 2010 draft out of UNC, Matt Harvey was immediately the #2 prospect in the
Mets system behind Zach Wheeler (who we will be seeing at some point this
season). He blazed through the Mets system going from A+ to AA in 2011 and
starting 2012 in AAA before making his Major League debut on July 26, 2012. In
the minors he went 20-10 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.290 WHIP , 8.1 K/9 and a 2.82 K:BB.
In 59.1 IP in the Majors last season he posted a 2.73 ERA (3.30 FIP) with a
10.6 K/9.

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In his arsenal Harvey carries a
heavy Fastball (88-98mph, 94 avg), Slider (83-9mph, 88 avg), Changeup
(84-88mph, 86 avg), and a Curveball (77-84mph, 81 avg). The Slider and Curve
are excellent pitches that Harvey can throw for strikes and have good enough
action to get strikeouts. The Changeup is a little iffy.

So far this season he’s surpassed
his exceptional start of 2012, going 3-0 in three starts with a 0.82 ERA (2.22
FIP), 0.55 WHIP, 10.23 K/9 and a 4.17 K:BB. In his most recent start Harvey
took a no-hitter into the 7th inning against the Twins before having
it broken up by a Justin Morneau homerun. Harvey has one start against the
Nationals, and the current Nats succeeded in hitting him to the tune of a
combined .825 OPS. It’s hard to take much from these numbers as no Nat has more
than 3 PA’s against him.

Current Nationals vs. Matt Harvey:

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played” align=”center”>OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Ryan Zimmerman 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .500 .667 2.000 2.667
Ian Desmond 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Adam LaRoche 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Jayson Werth 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Bryce Harper 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Roger Bernadina 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Steve Lombardozzi 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Kurt Suzuki 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 21 18 5 0 0 1 1 3 8 .278 .381 .444 .825
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Generated 4/19/2013.

Game 17: Saturday, April 20, Citi
Field 3:05pm, Gio
Gonzalez
, LHP (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs., Jeremy
Hefner
RHP (0-2, 7.20 ERA)

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Gio is coming off of a horrendous
outing against the Braves where he surrendered seven runs on seven hits,
including two home runs. Looking to get back on track he’ll face Jeremy Hefner
in Game 2 of the series. Historically against the Mets Gio is 3-1 in five
starts with a 2.79 ERA, 1.207 WHIP and a 7.1 K/9. While holding current Mets to
a .669 OPS against, Gio has struggled against Ike Davis and David Wright,
allowing OPS’s of 1.255 and 0.919 respectively.

Current Mets vs. Gio Gonzalez:

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AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Ike Davis 11 10 4 1 0 1 2 1 3 .400 .455 .800 1.255
David Wright 11 9 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 .222 .364 .556 .919
John Buck 11 11 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 .182 .182 .273 .455
Justin Turner 10 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .100 .100 .100 .200
Ruben Tejada 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .333 .500 .333 .833
Marlon Byrd 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .167 .375 .167 .542
Lucas Duda 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Daniel Murphy 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Hefner 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 67 59 13 2 0 2 6 8 15 .220 .313 .356 .669
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Generated 4/19/2013.

Former Padres farmhand Jeremy Hefner
made his Major League debut with the Mets last season and was “just ok” in his
93.2 innings, compiling a 5.09 ERA (3.66 FIP), 1.37 WHIP and a 5.96 K/9. Hefner
currently sits 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA (9.88 FIP), with the main difference this
year being walks. Jeremy is walking 4.5 per 9 innings, compared to his 1.7 in
2012 and 2.7 in his MiLB career.

Hefner carries a 4-Seam Fastball
(90-92) that doesn’t move much, a Sinker (89-91), a 2-Seam Fastball (86-90)
that resembles his Sinker, a slow Curveball (73-78) and a Changeup (83-86).

In 2012 against the Nats, Hefner
went 0-3 in three starts with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.412 WHIP. Against current
Nationals Hefner has gotten worked. He sports an OPS against of .886 and five
Nationals have an OPS of 1.000 or better against him, including Gio Gonzalez.

Current Nationals vs. Jeremy Hefner:

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For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
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AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Bryce Harper 9 9 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
Adam LaRoche 9 9 2 0 0 1 3 0 3 .222 .222 .556 .778
Ryan Zimmerman 9 8 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .250 .333 .250 .583
Danny Espinosa 8 8 4 1 0 2 3 0 2 .500 .500 1.375 1.875
Steve Lombardozzi 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Ian Desmond 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jayson Werth 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333
Roger Bernadina 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Gio Gonzalez 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Kurt Suzuki 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 60 58 17 2 1 4 9 2 11 .293 .317 .569 .886
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Game 18: Sunday, April 21, Citi
Field 1:35pm, Jordan
Zimmermann
, RHP (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Dillon
Gee
, RHP (0-3, 8.36 ERA)

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Jordan Zimmermann is fresh off of a complete game win
against the Marlins on Jackie Robinson day, giving up three runs on six hits
with six strikeouts on 103 pitches. In 11 career starts against the Mets Jordan
is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.217 WHIP and 7.5 K/9. Of the three Nats pitchers
slated for this series, the Mets hit Zimmermann the “best” with a combined .784
OPS across 129 PA’s. The main culprits are the ones you would suspect: Wright,
Murphy and Davis, with all three sporting OPS’s of over .900, in 18, 22 and 28
PA’s respectively, and all three having taken Jordan deep.

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AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
David Wright 28 27 9 2 0 2 4 0 8 .333 .321 .630 .951
Daniel Murphy 22 21 7 2 0 1 4 1 1 .333 .364 .571 .935
Ike Davis 18 13 3 1 0 1 2 4 5 .231 .389 .538 .927
Ruben Tejada 13 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .385 .385 .385 .769
John Buck 12 11 3 2 0 0 1 0 4 .273 .333 .455 .788
Lucas Duda 12 11 2 1 0 0 1 1 4 .182 .250 .273 .523
Marlon Byrd 9 8 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .250 .333 .250 .583
Kirk Nieuwenhuis 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jordany Valdespin 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Mike Baxter 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Collin Cowgill 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 129 118 32 8 0 5 14 8 25 .271 .318 .466 .784
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A part of the Mets rotation in some capacity since 2010,
Dillon Gee has never been particularly impressive aside from 2011 when the
original Citi Field layout gave him a significant advantage at home (and some absurd
home/away splits
). Unfortunately for Gee that layout also sapped David
Wright’s power
, and you can imagine who won that conversation when the
discussion of moving the fences came up that offseason.

Gee has been pretty bad in thee starts to open the season,
going 0-3 with an 8.36 ERA (7.15 FIP), 5.14 K/9 and a 1.79 WHIP.  At his disposal Gee has a 4-Seam Fastball
(84-90, 87 avg), 2-Seam Fastball (86-90, 88 avg), Changeup (80-85, 83 avg), and
Slider (77-82, 80 avg). He also has a Cutter (84-89, 86 avg) and a Curveball
(71-77, 73 avg), but has only thrown those 14 and 10 total times this season
respectively.

In six career starts versus the Nats, Gee is 3-1 with a 3.38
ERA, 1.179 WHIP and 7.0 K/9. Against current Nats Gee has held the team fairly
in check with a combined .650 OPS. Werth and Desmond are the two with the best
numbers against him; .844 and 1.020 OPS in 18 and 17 PA’s respectively.

Current Nationals vs. Dillon Gee:

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="PA" class="tooltip" tip="Plate Appearances
When available, we use actual plate appearances from play-by-play game accounts
Otherwise estimated using AB + BB + HBP + SF + SH,
which excludes catcher interferences.
When this color click for a summary of each PA.” align=”center”>PA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="batting_avg" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Hits/At Bats
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played
Bold indicates highest BA using current stats
Gold means awarded title at end of year.” align=”center”>BA

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="(H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played” align=”center”>OBP

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="slugging_perc" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="Total Bases/At Bats or
(1B + 2*2B + 3*3B + 4*HR)/AB

For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played” align=”center”>SLG

<th onclick="" onmouseout="" onmouseover="" style="background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;" data-stat="onbase_plus_slugging" class="tooltip hide_non_quals" tip="On-Base + Slugging Percentages
For recent years, leaders need 3.1 PA
per team game played” align=”center”>OPS

AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
Jayson Werth 18 15 5 1 0 0 1 3 5 .333 .444 .400 .844
Ian Desmond 17 15 4 0 0 2 2 2 5 .267 .353 .667 1.020
Ryan Zimmerman 16 15 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 .200 .250 .267 .517
Danny Espinosa 15 11 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 .091 .333 .091 .424
Roger Bernadina 11 11 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .182 .182 .455 .636
Adam LaRoche 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Steve Lombardozzi 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Kurt Suzuki 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 90 78 16 2 0 3 4 9 19 .205 .303 .346 .650
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/19/2013.

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