The New York Mets need a win. For most of the season, against all odds, the Mets have managed to keep pace in a tightly packed National League East. After Wednesday's loss to the Washington Nationals, they are still only two and a half games back with a chance to make up some ground and salvage one game out of the series.
On the mound Thursday is a red-hot R.A. Dickey, who has an 8-1 record, 2.69 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He is coming off a complete game shutout of the Cardinals over the weekend, a gem of a start hidden because it came the day after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history. Dickey has allowed just one earned run in his last three starts, all wins, while striking out 30 batters and walking just one.
Dickey has yet to face the Nationals this season, but he has a 2-3 record with a 3.02 ERA in eight starts against Washington since 2009.
Washington counters with Chien-Ming Wang (1-1, 6.43 ERA), who is making his second start and third appearance of the season. Wang was hammered for seven hits and four earned runs in four innings against Miami in his last outing.
Daivd Wright popped a home run on Tuesday against Washington, and has a hit in each game of the series so far. He's hitting .433 with two round-trippers in eight games at Nationals Park. Lucas Duda continues to produce runs for the Mets, sending in a runner on Wednesday for his team-best 33rd RBI.
Thursday's game starts at 1:05 p.m. Fans can watch on SNY or on the MLB Network.
Nationals lead the series 2-0
WP: Ross Detwiler (4 - 3)
LP: Elvin Ramirez (0 - 1)
|6 - 7 loss|
WP: Edwin Jackson (2 - 3)
SV: Tyler Clippard
LP: Jeremy Hefner (1 - 3)
|3 - 5 loss|