The Nationals and Mets play three games at Nationals Park this week, and as they have all season, both teams' fates will likely pivot around the matchup.
New York planned for important series with division rival, but even Washington's depleted lineup managed two out of three.
The Nationals hold a two-game lead ahead of a three-game series against the Mets.
Doug Fister vs. Dillon Gee.
Denard Span is back in the lineup after missing two games.
Ryan Zimmerman and Danny Espinosa will be out for the Nationals' series opener against the Mets in New York.
Friday's Nats-Mets series opener features two of the most exciting young arms in the major leagues.