Mets Vs. Nationals: Washington Takes On New York In First Of Three-Game Series

June 6, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. The Nationals defeated the Mets 5 - 3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Tuesday will mark game one of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets that could heavily influence the NL East standings.

Despite still owning the National League's best record, the Nationals struggled in their first series after the All-Star break splitting a four-game series with the Marlins. In the series finale on Monday, Washington lost to the Marlins 5-3 despite racking up 11 hits compared to Miami's seven.

Now the Nationals will look to get back on track with a three-game series against the New York Mets starting on Tuesday when Ross Detwiler is set to take the mound for Washington. Detwiler has had four consecutive starts and seven consecutive pitching appearances in which he has been unable to earn a decision.

In his last outing Detwiler allowed 11 hits and three runs in five innings en route to a Nationals victory, but it was reliever Tyler Clippard that earned the decision. Starting for the Mets will be Jonathon Niese who will look to get back on track after his three game winning streak was snapped after he allowed seven runs to the Cubs in seven innings to earn a loss in his last start.

The first pitch from Nationals Park is scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 p.m. ET and will be televised on MLB Network, MASN and SNY.

For all things Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the New York Mets perspective, head over to Amazin' Avenue.

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