- If not for a bullpen meltdown Monday, Hernandez would have entered this start with a 5-1 record and this additional glitter on his 2009 resume: The Mets would have won five of his six most recent starts. He’s not complaining. He’s on something of a roll, and now he faces an opponent he beat May 26 in a complete game. Hernandez allowed nine hits and a walk but only one run in that victory against the Nationals. His ERA in 35 innings on the road is 4.89. Right-handed hitters are batting .322 against him; left-handed hitters are batting .289. Austin Kearns is batting .444 with two home runs in 27 career at-bats against Hernandez.
- New York entered June just a half-game back of NL East-leading Philadelphia, but very little has gone right this month as itâ€™s fallen three games out of first. The Mets were outscored 22-12 in being swept in three games at Pittsburgh earlier this week and have had little offense in the first two games in Washington.
- Since being traded from Washington nearly three years ago, Livan Hernandez almost has a perfect record against his former team. After losing his first start versus the Nationals following the trade, the right-hander has a 2.86 ERA in winning his last six outings against them.
- Hernandez, who pitched for the Washington franchise from 2003-06, had his best outing of 2009 against the Nationals on May 26, giving up one run and nine hits in a complete-game, 6-1 win.
- Ryan Church returns from the disabled list Sunday and creates a logjam in the Mets’ outfield. But manager Jerry Manuel left no doubt Saturday: Church is an everyday player. “He’ll be in right field,” Manuel said with no hesitation.
- Right-hander Craig Stammen started for the Nationals on Tuesday and kept them in the game against the Giants. He lasted six innings and gave up five runs — four earned — on seven hits. He got off to a slow start by giving up a first-inning home run to leadoff hitter Aaron Rowand. After giving up a one-out double to Randy Winn in the same inning, Stammen retired 11 straight batters.
- For the series finale, Acta gives the ball to rookie Craig Stammen who again seeks his first career win.Stammen allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings of a 10-6 win over San Francisco on Tuesday. Through three starts, the right-hander has yielded 12 runs and 18 hits in 17 1-3 innings. Prior to his outing against the Giants, Stammen gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings of a 6-1 loss to the Mets.
- Adam Dunn hit his 17th home run of the season Saturday, giving him three homers in his last four games versus New York. Heâ€™s 4 for 20 with two home runs lifetime versus Hernandez.
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