While the Nationals await word of Gio Gonzalez’s enhanced MRI, hoping they aren’t about to lose yet another key player to a long-term injury, they’ve got a chance to win this weekend series against the Mets. They also could move into first place if the Braves lose again in St. Louis. So there’s plenty on the line this afternoon.
Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, trying to bounce back from a less-than-spectacular start in Arizona last week. He’ll go up against Zack Wheeler, the hard-throwing Mets right-hander who has struggled himself this season (1-3, 4.53 ERA).
Two interesting lineup notes for the Nationals: 1) Wilson Ramos is behind the plate for the third straight day, the first time he’s done that this season, and 2) the slumping Danny Espinosa (5 for his last 47 with 20 strikeouts and zero walks) is on the bench for the first time in 12 games, with Kevin Frandsen getting a chance to start at second base instead.