The Nationals didn't exactly start this series in the ideal way, taking the loss with some questions about Bryce Harper's effort coming out on Friday night. Today they try to turn the page and get back to their recent winning ways with Dan Haren on the mound.
Haren (8-11, 4.66) is coming off his worst start in over a month after giving up four earned runs in Kansas City on Aug. 25. Tonight he faces the Mets for the third time this season, he holds a 4.91 ERA through 11 innings against the club. Haren last faced the Mets on July 27 and held them to one run through seven innings in a 4-1 win at Nats Park.
The Nats will get their second look at former sixth overall pick Zack Wheeler (6-3, 3.42) tonight. They faced him in his third career start back in June and handed him his shortest outing of the season. That day Wheeler was yanked after 4 2/3 innings with five earned runs off two homers surrendered.