Gio was awesome last night, going 7 innings, allowing 0 runs, walking only 2, and striking out 9. It was a game Gio needed after a couple of not to stellar starts this season. Perhaps he is finally hitting his stride and maybe the whole team is as well. The game on Saturday night was a classic duel, seeing only 1 run scored in the entire game. Sadly, Niese was just as good going 7 frames and allowing only the one run, all while walking only 1 and striking out 5. Luck was on the side of the Nationals, though and that is all that matters. Today, the Nationals will charge Doug Fister with the task of winning the series against Dillon Gee and the Mets.
Despite a could of rough games in his last 2 starts, Fister's 2015 has been quite good. St. Louis and Atlanta got to the Nationals right-hander in his last 2 starts, seeing him allow a total of 10 runs (8 earned) in those last two starts where he went 6 innings and 5.2 innings respectively. Fister is the type of pitcher that just comes right after you and he will no doubt have that mindset today. He is no doubt looking to get himself back together after his last 2 games have left a lot to be desired, but he's not a guy anyone needs to worry about. Annoyingly, the current Mets roster has done fairly well against Fister, with a .709 OPS in 96 plate appearances.
Fister vs. Current Mets
Dillon Gee gets on my nerves. He's a mediocre pitcher and he's stuck around for seemingly forever. I recall well his MLB debut, where he went 6 innings without allowing a hit to the Nationals, until Willie Harris finally hit a home run. Boy if that wasn't the 2010 Nationals in a nutshell. Anyway, Gee's been pretty good so far in 2015, so the Nationals need to change that. Gee's last 2 starts saw him go at least 7 innings and in his last one he got 2 outs in the 8th. He has only allowed 3 runs in those last 2 games, which is far better than how well this man should be doing. In one of the great mysteries of our time, Gee has always managed to do fairly well agains the Nationals, racking up a .675 OPS against in a robust 283 plate appearances. Keep an eye on Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, and Bryce Harper (naturally) who all have pretty strong numbers against the Mets right-hander.
Gee vs. Current Nationals