Official Starters and Line-Up Cards for Today’s Game

PITCHING MATCH-UPS

GAME 1: 4/8/11 (4:10 PM)
R.A. Dickey (2011: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP): One of the greatest stories of 2010 was how R.A. Dickey, a 35 year-old cast-off pitcher, was able to hone his newly-found knuckleball, and enjoy, by far, the best season in his career. The veteran posted a superb 2.84 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 11 Wins, and 2.48 K/BB ratio in 174.3 IP in 2010. To the delight of Mets fans, Dickey picked up right where he left off last season in his first 2011 appearance, shutting out the Marlins over 6 innings, allowing only 5 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 7 batters. There’s little reason to think that Dickey won’t continue his success in 2011. (Career vs. Nationals: .264/.346/.330 line with a 1-1 record, 4.18 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 1.10 K/BB ratio)

Jordan Zimmermann (2011: 0-1, 3.00 ERA, 1.16 WHIP): Since recovering from his 2009 Tommy John surgery, Jordan Zimmerann is finally ready to prove why there’s been so much talk about his future in the bigs. The right-handed hurler came back in the latter part of 2010, and posted 4.94 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 2.70 K/BB ratio in 31 IP last season. Zimmerman pitched 6 solid innings against the Braves, giving up 4 hits, 2 earned-runs, 3 walks, and striking out 2 batters. Now with a clean bill of health, Zimmerman is looking to help lead the Nationals out of the cellar. (Career vs. Mets: .253/.326/.392 line with a 1-1 record, 3.54 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 2.25 K/BB ratio)

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