Nationals (74-46) vs. Mets (57-63)

Game » 121

Starters » Gio Gonzalez (15-6, 3.29 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (2-4, 4.76 ERA)

When » Sunday, 1:35 p.m.

Where » Nationals Park, Washington


Radio » 106.7 The Fan FM, WFED 1500, WHFS 1580

Washington is 10-4 against the Mets this season after Saturday’s 2-0 loss. Edwin Jackson was good with two hits allowed and a walk. But Ike Davis’ home run in the seventh inning did him in. Jon Niese just pitched better in 7 1/3 shutout innings.

Nats manager Davey Johnson could have opted to flip left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez with Jordan Zimmermann to get the lefty in against the left-handed heavy Atlanta Braves. Instead he stuck with the status quo.

“I thought about it. But I felt like that it would be better to give [Zimmermann] the extra day rather than having another lefty against Atlanta,” Johnson said on Saturday. “Because certainly Zim is no slouch and I don’t care if he’s pitching against all left handers. He’s proven it – although he hasn’t pitched against Atlanta this year that I can remember. But he’s not a bad choice.”

Johnson had also said he would give shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Jayson Werth days off on Sunday. Desmond just returned from his oblique injury on Friday. Werth has been running around on a bad ankle for about a week. But both were kept in the lineup on Sunday against New York.

Gonzalez had his worst outing of the year on July 19 against the Mets when he lasted 3 1/3 innings with six runs allowed. He had no command that day with three walks and just two strikeouts. Gonzalez did bounce back five days later against New York with seven shutout innings. Here are the lineups:  


CF – Andres Torres

2B – Justin Turner

3B – David Wright

RF – Scott Hairston

1B – Ike Davis

SS – Ronny Cedeno

LF – Jason Bay

C – Kelly Shoppach

RHP – Jeremy Hefner



RF – Jayson Werth

CF – Bryce Harper

3B – Ryan Zimmerman

1B – Adam LaRoche

LF – Michael Morse

SS – Ian Desmond

2B – Danny Espinosa

C – Kurt Suszuki

LHP – Gio Gonzalez

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