New York Mets: Pedro Florimon

Series preview: Mets at Nationals

September, 22, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in the final road series of the season.
METS (76-80, third place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (91-64, first place/NL East)

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74), 7:05 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (11-10, 3.49) vs. RHP Doug Fister (15-6, 2.55), 7:05 p.m. ET

Nationals short hops

Ryan Zimmerman returned to the lineup Saturday after missing 55 games with a Grade 3 hamstring strain. He started in left field -- a position at which he debuted June 3. Zimmerman, under contract for five more seasons, could shift to first base in 2015 with Adam LaRoche potentially headed to free agency, despite LaRoche’s production. The Nats and LaRoche have a mutual option for next season at $15 million.

Denard Span has 179 hits -- four shy of matching Cristian Guzman's 2008 total for the most in a season in Nationals history. The Nats intend to pick up a $9 million option on Span for next season.

Gio Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his last six starts. He has struck out 29 and walked seven in 38 2/3 innings during that span.

Doug Fister's 15 wins are a career high, surpassing last year’s total with the Detroit Tigers. His 2.55 ERA ranks fifth in the National League.

• The Nats are the lone NL team with four players with at least 80 RBIs: Ian Desmond, LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon.

• At 4-0 in his career, Tanner Roark has more wins against the Mets than versus any other club.

• The Nats, fresh off a four-game sweep at Miami, own an NL-best 91-64 record and are holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers for home-field advantage.

• The Yankees claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Nats on Monday. The Nats claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Twins 1

August, 19, 2013
If you’re going to take a detour, you might as well win.

Dillon Gee took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning and the Mets pounded out 10 hits and walked twice in 3 2/3 innings against Minnesota Twins rookie starter Kyle Gibson en route to a 6-1 victory at Target Field on Monday afternoon.

The Mets completed their four-city trip with a 5-6 record.

Gee pulled even with Matt Harvey for the team wins lead with No. 9. As with Harvey, the Mets are now 13-12 in Gee starts.

Jim Mone/Associated PressDillon Gee matched Matt Harvey for the team lead in wins with No. 9.

Gee has produced a 1.47 ERA in his past seven starts. Since May 30, he has the third-base ERA in the NL (2.27), trailing only Jose Fernandez (1.65) and Clayton Kershaw (1.88).

The lone scored against Gee by Minnesota was unearned. Daniel Murphy committed an error fielding a groundball after Trevor Plouffe had doubled with two outs in the seventh.

Gee's final line: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. He threw 99 pitches (67 strikes).

The Mets improved to 10-4 in interleague play, the best record of any NL team.

The game was a makeup of one postponed from mid-April, when freezing rain fell in Minneapolis. The Mets had a game snowed out in Colorado on that same early season trip. They won that Denver makeup as well, on June 27, during a brief stopover that concluded a June four-city trip.

Monday’s superlatives included a first-inning RBI single by designated hitter Andrew Brown, who went 7-for-12 with a walk and six RBIs on the trip.

Golden glove: Juan Lagares had another highlight-reel play -- tracking down Josh Willingham’s would-be extra-base hit at the center-field wall to end the first inning. Lagares also gracefully retreated to snare Pedro Florimon’s shot to end the seventh.

The only center fielder with more defensive runs saved than Lagares’ 20 is Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez with 27, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Walk in the park: With his three-day cameo now expired with John Buck set to return from paternity leave, Travis d’Arnaud is still searching for his first MLB hit. D’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. He is now 0-for-7 with five walks as a big leaguer. Sometime before Tuesday’s homestand opener, the Mets must declare whether d’Arnaud will remain at the major league level.

Byrd word: Marlon Byrd had a solo homer in the ninth, giving him 20 for the season. That matches his career high, which he originally achieved in 2009 with the Texas Rangers.

What’s next: The Mets host the Atlanta Braves for two games at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.43 ERA) opposes right-hander Brandon Beachy (2-0, 4.50) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187