Mets Vs. Nationals Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

August 23, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Collin McHugh (36) throws a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. McHugh is making his major league debut. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

The Mets welcome in the NL East leading Nationals for a three-game set starting on Monday.

The New York Mets start a three-game series with the National League East-leading Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field.

New York is coming off of a tough weekend in which they were cast aside in a sweep by their arch-rival Atlanta Braves. Washington is trying to inch closer in its quest to secure the division title for the first time since the franchise relocated to D.C.

Rookie Collin McHugh will get the opportunity to hold the Nationals back from their goal in the series opener. McHugh has been pretty solid thus far despite an 0-1 record in his two starts.

The 25-year-old shut out the Colorado Rockies for seven innings in his debut. But he didn't fare as well in his last appearance, allowing four runs in as many innings to take the loss versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gio Gonzalez will be on the bump for Washington, seeking to become the season's first 19-game winner. The southpaw has been absolutely dealing lately. In his last two times out, Gonzalez did not allow a run over 16 innings against St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs.

The last time Gonzalez faced the Mets was on Aug. 19 when he defeated them, throwing five and two-thirds innings and surrendering just one run.

TV: SNY

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

For more on the Mets, please be sure to check out our blog Amazin' Avenue and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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