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2016 Schedule
27-18, 1st in NL East
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5hDavid Schoenfield

Five things we learned Monday

On Monday, we learned that the Chicago Cubs were human, Yoenis Cespedes and Clayton Kershaw might not be, while two old dogs still have some bite.

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Mets rough up Nationals (0:55)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Five days ago, Gio Gonzalez outpitched Bartolo Colon in the Nationals 7-1 road victory over the Mets. Tonight was a 180, as Colon lifted the Mets to a 7-1 road win over Gonzalez and the Nats. With the loss, Washington's NL East lead over the Mets is trimmed to a half-game.

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Wright puts Mets up with three-run shot (0:20)
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Cespedes crushes 15th homer of season (0:20)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are averaging an MLB-high 101 pitches per outing. One reason is Gio Gonzalez, who last year worked into the seventh inning just 10 times in 31 starts. This season, he's done it four times in eight outings. "It's like that kid that climbs up in the tree," said skipper Dusty Baker. "If you send the fire department out to take him down from that tree, he'll never learn how to get out of the tree. If you rescue 'em every time that they're in trouble, then they'll never know how to get out of trouble on their own."

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Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As a general rule, Bryce Harper doesn't take batting practice on the field. Today was an exception.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The Mets are rolling out the same lineup against Gio Gonzalez as they did on May 18; Gonzalez threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run, five-hit baseball then. Another good matchup opportunity in daily.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alineación de Mets en Washington; Campbell en la inicial con Lucas Duda en la lista de lesionados por fractura de estrés en la espalda baja

Lineup: Nationals (27-17) vs. Mets (25-18)

  • 1. Ben Revere, CF (L)
  • 2. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  • 3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  • 4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  • 5. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B (R)
  • 6. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  • 7. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  • 8. Danny Espinosa, SS (S)
  • 9. Gio Gonzalez, P (R)
  • Daily notes

Nats rebound in rankings

Thanks to its strong starting rotation -- where Max Scherzer has the worst ERA of the five at 3.80 -- Washington has re-entered the top three in our rankings after a drop to No. 4 last week. Week 7 Power Rankings

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17hEddie Matz

Daniel Murphy: Best. Plan B. Ever.

As crucial as Daniel Murphy has been to the Nationals' early success, it's easy to forget that a guy hitting .387 wasn't their first choice at second.

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Scherzer shuts down Marlins (0:27)
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Friday's top home runs

Miguel Cabrera's 440-foot homer to deep center field was the longest home run on Friday. According to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, Manny Machado's solo shot against the Angles traveled 431 feet.

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4dDanny Knobler

Harvey to stay in rotation, make start next week

A day after Matt Harvey had his career-worst start, the Mets said the RHP will pitch next week. "We really think he's got to get back on the horse, as fast as he can," Terry Collins said.

Stats & Info

The era of the pitcher continues

Only eight qualifying pitchers in the last 20 full seasons have posted an ERA under 2.00. Eight pitchers are currently doing that this year: Jake Arrieta, Jose Quintana, Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw, Danny Salazar, Gio Gonzalez, Jon Lester and Drew Pomeranz.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs19213th
Batting Average.24218th
On Base Percentage.32411th
Slugging Percentage.39717th
Earned Run Average2.882nd
Quality Starts30Tied-3rd
WHIP1.143rd
BAA.2284th

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