- The Mets return home from their 10-game trip Monday night for the first of three with the last-place Nationals, whose 10-game homestand couldnâ€™t have gone much worse.
- The Metsâ€™ offense may get a boost Monday. Manuel expects shortstop Jose Reyes, sidelined since Wednesday with tendinitis behind his right calf, to play. Carlos Beltran, who was New Yorkâ€™s designated hitter in Boston because of a bruised right knee, could play as well.
- Maine walked three Tuesday at Los Angeles, but it was a string of hits that knocked him out in the sixth inning. New York had a 3-2 lead, but after a pair of one-out singles Casey Blake homered and the Dodgers went on to win 5-3.
- The Nationals might be the perfect opponent to help Maine bounce back. He went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in three starts versus Washington last season despite walking nine in 17 2-3 innings.
- The Nationals (13-30) were 1-8 in the first nine games of their 10-game homestand, and had scored just nine runs in their past four contests heading into Sundayâ€™s finale against Baltimore.
- The Nationals are 9-10 when Dunn drives in a run and 4-20 if he doesnâ€™t.
- Dunn is among the major league leaders with 37 walks while Maine has had a problem issuing free passes – his 27 rank among the top 10 in baseball.
- John Lannan will get the ball for the Nationals, and heâ€™s 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA over his last four outings. He gave up one run and seven hits over seven innings Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
- The left-hander, who was born on Long Island, is 1-2 with a 5.20 ERA in five career starts against the Mets.