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Game Thread: Mets face Nationals; Phillies hope to be alone in first place

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Come see if the Phillies can be alone in first place for the first time since 2011!

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The Phillies used to be in first place all the time.

These days, not so much. Until today. The Phillies are actually in first place now, following a solid Jeremy Hellickson start and even more Tyler Goeddel heroism. The only problem is, other than all of the Phillies' many problems, is that the Nationals are standing in the way.

So, tonight, here's hoping the Mets can fend off Washington and inadvertently give the Phillies sole ownership of the NL East. And if they can't, then, well - at least the Mets lost.

Today's Lineups

WASHINGTON NATIONALS NEW YORK METS
Ben Revere - CF Curtis Granderson - RF
Jayson Werth - LF Juan Lagares - CF
Bryce Harper - RF David Wright - 3B
Daniel Murphy - 2B Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Neil Walker - 2B
Anthony Rendon - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Danny Espinosa - SS Eric Campbell - 1B
Jose Lobaton - C Kevin Plawecki - C
Gio Gonzalez - LHP Bartolo Colon - RHP