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Washington Nationals
@ New York Mets

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Daniel Cabrera vs Mike Pelfrey

Sunny. Game time temperature around 75.

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Game 2 of 3 in Citi Field: Washington at New York...

Mike Pelfrey vs Daniel Cabrera...

The Washington Nationals' 27-year-old, 6'9'', 269 lb right-hander Daniel Cabrera (0-1, 4.50 ERA) has allowed 16 hits, 11 runs, (8 earned), 1 HR and 8 walks, with 6 K's in 3 starts and 18.0 IP this season, and today's start will be the first in Cabrera's six-year MLB career against the New York Mets. NY righty Mike Pelfrey is (2-3) in 8 starts against the Washington Nationals since his major league debut in 2006. Pelfrey, the Mets' 6'7'', 230lb, '05 1st Round pick is (1-0) with an 8.10 ERA in 10.0 IP over 2 starts so far this season, having allowed 13 hits, 9 ER, 3 HR and 6 walks while striking out 5...

Mike Pelfrey vs The Washington Nationals...

Ronnie Belliard - 3 for 15, .200 AVG, 1 2B.

Elijah Dukes - 2 for 3, .667 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Adam Dunn - 2 for 7, .286 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI's.

Jesus Flores - 2 for 4, .500 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

Austin Kearns - 6 for 15, .313 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.

Josh Willingham - 3 for 10, .300 AVG, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI's.

Ryan Zimmerman - 5 for 24, .208 AVG, 1 2B, 2 RBI's.

DC's Own DC, Daniel Cabrera vs The Mets...

Luis Castillo - 3 for 7, .429 AVG, 1 RBI.

Ryan Church - 1 for 2, .500 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Alex Cora - 13 for 30, .433 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Carlos Delgado - 2 for 3, .667 AVG, 2 HR, 6 RBI's.

Gary Sheffield - 6 for 23, .269 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 7 BB.

DC Starting Lineup...(courtesy of Washington Post writer Chico Harlan's Nationals Journal post entitled, "Today's Lineup from Citi Field.")

  1. A-Hands/Elvis/Anderson Hernandez - 2B
  2. Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
  4. Big Wilky - RF
  5. Elijah "Super" Dukes - CF
  7. Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
  8. Wil "The Thrill" Nieves - C
  9. DC's Own DC, Daniel Cabrera - SP

While Scott Olsen Was Doing His Best And Johan Santana Was Dominating...

...San Diego State University starter and (hopefully) future ace of the Washington Nationals' staff, Stephen Strasburg, was starting at home in Tony Gwynn Stadium against the TCU Horned Frogs. SDSU claimed a 4-3 victory. Strasburg gave up more runs last night than he had in any previous start, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 7.0 IP. The 20-year-old right-hander walked 1 and K'd 14 in SDSU's 4-3 win over the Horned Frogs, leaving Strasburg (9-0) with a 1.54 ERA after 70.1 IP in which he's now allowed 45 hits, 13 runs, 12 ER, 6 doubles, 1 3B and 1 HR, holding opponents to a .182 AVG while striking out 135 batters and walking 13. Strasburg had a one-hitter through six tonight, and then gave up two singles and a 3-run blast in the seventh that pulled TCU close at 4-3, but the Aztec's ace recovered with 2 K's to end the inning and preserve the lead, which held up to improve SDSU to 28-15 on the season. (ed. note - "What size cap does Strasburg wear, so we can fit him for a Curly-W?")

For a NY Mets Fan's Perspective on today's game check out the SBN's Mets blog:

• The SBN's New York Mets Blog: Amazin' Avenue

According To...

Newark Star-Ledger sports writer Peter Botte, in a column today entitled, "Pelfrey will be under microscope today", the NY Mets' starter:

"...was made aware of Manager Jerry Manuel's comments about all of the Mets' starting rotation not named Johan Santana (being) in jeopardy of losing their spots without immediate improvement."

Let's send Pelfrey packing...The Nationals and the Mets meet at 1:00 pm EST from Citi Field, game two of a three game Washington stay in NY...

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