Game 1 Preview: Nationals at Mets, 7:10 PM

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Jon Niese (2-4, 5.03 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 1.68 K/BB): After being a late-inning almost-hero against Marlins with his pinch-hit triple, Niese will now take the hill against the Nationals. While the young southpaw he did have a stretch of four starts in-a-row where he did not give up more than three runs per, he did also sport a 1.52 WHIP and 1.16 K/BB during that period. Essentially, Niese has to limit the baserunners in order to achieve some consistency. (Career vs. Nationals: .273/.347/.455 line with a 5.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 2.20 K/BB)

Tom Gorzelanny (2-2, 3.40 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.50 K/BB): The Nationals traded for Gorzelanny during the off-season in the hopes that the lefty would be a source of respectable innings. Needless to say, they’ve gotten their money’s worth so far. Gorzelanny has hurled five games where he’s given-up just two-or-less earned-runs. The southpaw has posted improved control (from 4.5 BB/9 to 3.0 BB/9) without sacrificing his dominance (from 7.9 K/9 to 7.4 K/9). Gorzo has always showed glimpses of his talent, but maybe 2011 is finally the season where he’ll be consistent. (Career vs. Mets: .221/.331/.359 line with a 4.95 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1.35 K/BB)

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