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Mets vs. Nationals Preview: Game #90 — Jonathon Niese vs. Ross Detwiler

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"Take that, Thor!"
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Today's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.

Teams: Mets vs. Nationals
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 • 7:05 p.m
Location: Nationals Park • Washington, D.C.
Starters: LHP Jonathon Niese (7-4, 3.73) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.43)
TV/Radio: SNY • MLBN • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #90 • Road Game #44

Starting Lineup

Ruben Tejada – SS
Ronny Cedeno – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Scott Hairston – RF
Jason Bay – LF
Ike Davis – 1B
Andres Torres – CF
Mike Nickeas – C
Jonathon Niese – LHP

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost a season-high four straight games...It is the third time this year New York has lost four in a row (April 30-May 4 and June 23-26)...The last time the Mets had a longer losing streak was a six-game skid from September 10-15, 2011...New York is 3-7 in its last 10 games...The Mets are 13-16 in the first game of a series this year, including 5-9 on the road.

ON THE ROAD: New York is 20-23 on the road this year...The Mets are 0-3 on their current six-game road trip and 7-6 in their last 13 games away from Citi Field...David Wright is second in the majors with a .377 road batting average...The Mets are 6-8 in road series this season and 13-14-2 in overall series.

ROAD RUNS: The Mets have scored 219 runs in 43 road games, for an average of 5.09 runs per road game, the highest in the majors...New York has a .267 road batting average, the highest in the National League and the third-highest in the majors...New York has allowed 221 runs on the road, for an average of 5.13, the fourth most in the majors.

ERROR FREE: The Mets have not made an error in a season-high nine straight games...It’s the longest streak by the Mets since they went 10 consecutive games without an error from August 18-27, 2008...The Mets are 13th in the National League with a .981 fielding percentage...The team is 29-20 when they do not commit an error.

REACHING BASE: David Wright has reached base in 78 of his 84 games this year (92.8 %), the highest percentage in the majors (min. 50 games)...Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau.

RUBEN TEJADA: Has reached base safely in each of his last 10 games and in 14 of his last 15 games...Tejada is batting .361 (26-72) with 13 runs scored in 17 games since returning from the 15-Day Disabled List on June 24...Tejada is hitting .328 (57-177) with 27 runs scored, 14 doubles and 15 RBI in 44 games...Mets shortstops hit .248 (35-141) with 11 RBI during Tejada’s absence (43 games).

2 STRIKES: David Wright is third in the majors with a .354 on-base percentage with two strikes and Ruben Tejada ranks seventh in the majors with a .344 on-base percentage with two strikes (min. 80 at-bats) ...Tejada has a .346 on-base percentage in any two-strike situation over the last two seasons, the highest mark in the majors.