Jun 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) is congratulated by Anthony Rendon (6) after scoring a run during the first inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Lineups: Nats Lean On Gio For Much-Needed Series Win

As you certainly heard yesterday, momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher. Fortunately for the Nats, today’s starting pitcher is pretty good. The Nats have as little momentum as anyone can have, coming off of yesterday’s 10-1 drubbing. But if we go by that old adage, they have a distinct advantage today. Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.64) has been great of late, allowing just one run in seven innings against Atlanta in his last outing. However, he struggled in his only start against the Mets this year, allowing five runs in just four innings. Fortunately for the Nats’ anemic offense, the Mets’ starter is struggling quite a bit. Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71) has yet to get a win in eight starts this year. The Mets are 2-6 when he starts, though he has not really put them out of those games. Three of those losses were by 4-3 scores. Hopefully the Nationals can finally get it together and pound Marcum, but no offense is a sure thing. Here are tonight’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Jayson Werth RF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche 1B

Ian Desmond SS

Anthony Rendon 2B

Steve Lombardozzi LF

Kurt Suzuki C

Gonzalez LHP

New York

Justin Turner LF

Daniel Murphy 2B

David Wright 3B

Marlon Byrd RF

John Buck C

Ike Davis 1B

Juan Lagares CF

Omar Quintanilla SS

Marcum RHP

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