The Nationals have had their way with the Mets so far this season, sweeping the opening series at Citi Field and then hanging on to win last night on South Capitol Street. But the dominance extends beyond that. Indeed, today the Nats will be seeking their 10th consecutive win over New York, a streak that dates all the way back to last August 31, when Dan Haren was rocked during an 11-3 loss at Nationals Park.
Gio Gonzalez will be the man on the mound today trying to extend the streak and trying to continue his winning ways against this club. In nine career starts against the Mets, he’s 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA (not to mention a 1-hitter at Citi Field late last season).
Matt Willams is going with nearly the same lineup as last night, the only change Nate McLouth taking over left field for Scott Hairston, with right-hander Bartolo Colon on the mound for New York. We’ve seen how good the Nats have been against lefties. It remains to be seen whether this right-handed-heavy lineup can be as successful against a right-handed pitcher.