DENVER, CO - AUGUST 4: Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler #48 of the Washington Nationals works the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 4, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Ross Detwiler meets Johan Santana in the opener of a three-game series at Nationals Park Friday evening.
The Washington Nationals are sitting in relative comfort at the moment with the best record in baseball at 73-45 and a four-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. On Friday, they begin a three-game series against a team that has headed in a completely opposite direction since the All-Star Break. The New York Mets are 10-21 since the midway point of the season compared to 23-11 for the Nats.
The Mets are well out of the playoff hunt at the moment, but they are coming off a potentially uplifting 8-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night that saw rookie Matt Harvey strike out eight and give up just one run in 7 2/3 innings. The Nats took two out of three against the San Francisco Giants, including a 6-4 win Wednesday, setting up what could be a hotly-contested series.
You can check out the full series schedule, with starting pitchers, below: