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Washington Nationals’ lineup for nightcap of today’s doubleheader with the New York Mets...

Tanner Roark and the Nationals take on Seth Lugo and the Mets in the nightcap of today’s doubleheader on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

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Tanner Roark hasn’t faced the New York Mets since April, when the 30-year-old right-hander held Washington’s NL East rivals to seven hits, three walks and three earned runs in 6 23 innings pitched on the road in Citi Field, earning a decision in a 4-3 win.

With that win, the Nationals’ starter improved to (6-2) in 16 games and 10 career starts against the Mets, with a 2.61 ERA, 25 walks (3.11 BB/9), 53 Ks (6.59 K/9), and a .222/.292/.333 line against in 72 13 IP.

He makes his second start of the season and the 11th start of his career against the Mets tonight on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

In seven second-half outings before tonight’s outing, Roark has looked more like the pitcher he’s been over the last few seasons (when starting) than he did at the start of the 2017 campaign.

He’s gone (4-2) over that stretch with a 3.14 ERA, 4.01 FIP, 19 walks (3.22 BB/9), 42 Ks (7/15 K/9) and a .194/.279/.350 line against in 43 IP, after he put up a 5.27 ERA, 4.41 FIP, 36 walks (3.22 BB/9), 80 Ks (7.15 K/9), and a .275/.343/.417 line against in 100 23 before the All-Star Break.

On the mound for the Mets tonight is Seth Lugo, who’s gotten knocked around in his two starts against the Nationals this season, giving up seven hits, two walks and four runs, three earned in 6 23 IP in a 7-4 loss in June, and 10 hits total, two walks and six earned runs in an 11-4 loss in the nation’s capital on July 4th.

Lugo’s coming off a stint on the 10-Day DL for a right shoulder impingement tonight.

Heading into his start, the Mets have won 14 of Lugo’s last 18 outings going back to late August 2016.