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:
Game 1: Fri., Aug. 17, 7:05 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.18 ERA) vs. Johan Santana (6-8, 4.58)
Game 2: Sat., Aug. 18, 7:05 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: Edwin Jackson (7-7, 3.74 ERA) vs. Jon Niese (9-6, 3.67)
Game 3: Sun., Aug. 18, 1:35 p.m. ET Starting pitchers: Gio Gonzalez (15-6, 3.29 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (2-4, 4.76)