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Game Thread: Washington at New York- 2008 Game 15 of 162.

ON THE HILL - Matt Chico and John Maine on the mound in the second of this three game series at Shea. Chico was (2-2) with a 6.20 ERA in 4 starts against New York in his rookie campaign, giving up 30 hits, 14 ER, 2 HR and 9 walks to the Mets in 20.1 IP last season. Maine's (3-2) in 7 starts against Washington with a 5.21 ERA in 38.0 innings pitched, over which he's allowed 31 hits, 22 ER, 6 HR's and 6 walks, with 41 K's against the Nationals.

Maine lost his first game of '08 to Atlanta, lasting only 4.0 IP, and allowing 8 hits, 4 runs, and 3 walks in a loss to the Braves, and in his second start against Philadelphia, Maine recorded no decision, as the Phillies battled back to tie a game Maine left leading, and cost New York's right-hander his first victory of the season in a game the Mets would eventually in extra innings.

Chico's lost 2 of 3 starts, with no decision in the other trip to the mound, but he's (1-0) in his one career start at Shea, a game that saw Chico pitch 5.0 innings, and allow 9 hits, 3 ER, and 3 walks.

Nationals' #'s against John Maine:

Ronnie Belliard - 7 for 10, (yes, .700 AVG) with 1 HR and 3 RBI's.

Nick Johnson - 2 for 7, .286 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Austin Kearns - 3 for 9, .333 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI's.

Mets' #'s against Matt Chico:

Luis Castillo - 3 for 9, .333 AVG, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

Carlos Delgado - 3 for 6, .500 AVG, 1 2B.

Jose Reyes - 3 for 9, 2 2B, 3 walks.

David Wright - 4 for 9, .444 AVG, 1 2B, 3 RBI's.

Maybe Felipe Lopez In Left Wasn't Such A Bad Idea...

Sorry, Wily Mo Pena. I don't really want Felipe Lopez in left, though at $4.9 million per, he's one expensive role player, but since returning to the lineup, Pena's gone 1 for 8 with 3 K's, and last night in left, though he wasn't given an error, Pena misplayed a long fly ball off Jose Reyes' bat into a triple. Admittedly, it was a tough play, and Pena tried to reach for the wall and leap to make the catch...problem was, Pena probably didn't have to jump to make the grab, couldn't find the wall, and it probably would have been an error if the hometown scorer didn't want to give Reyes a triple. "You know what you're getting with Pena," my Brother Scout chimes in. "A big bat, a lot of K's, and some shaky "D"?" I ask. "That's about it."

Lopez? 6-30 at the plate when in the lineup for a .200 AVG, 1 RBI, 0 extra base hits, 2 steals.

Game time 7:10 pm EST. Nationals look to avoid starting another losing streak.

Let the Mets' fans know you're alive, they really don't believe Nationals' fans exist, and I'm starting to wonder as well...