For the second straight game, the Nationals are going to face one of the best pitchers in the National League this season. One day after going up against Arizona's Patrick Corbin, the Nationals' next task is to try to beat the Mets' Matt Harvey.
Harvey (7-1, 2.05 ERA) will start for the Mets -- who are returning to Citi Field following an 11-game road trip -- against Washington on Friday. He'll look to continue his run of stellar starts.
Against the Phillies last week, Harvey gave up only two hits over six scoreless innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. He also had plenty of run support, which is something the Mets haven't given him much this season, in the 8-0 win over Philadelphia.
And that start came after a 13-strikeout performance against the Braves.
Now Harvey will try to pick up his third straight win against an NL East opponent on Friday. He'll also look to continue the Mets' momentum. New York is returning to Citi Field after going 7-4 on a four-city trip.
Harvey last pitched against the Nationals on April 19, and he gave up only one run on four hits in the Mets' 7-1 win that day.
Washington is going to see the Mets' three best starters this weekend, with Dillon Gee pitching on Saturday and New York's newest highly touted pitcher, Zack Wheeler, on Sunday.
Before the Nationals' game against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, Washington manager Davey Johnson lauded New York's pitching staff.
"I think Gee has pitched some awfully good ballgames. He's a good pitcher, too. Their pitching staff is much improved over the years," Johnson said. "But it doesn't matter. There's a lot of good pitchers around the league. Harvey, he's a dominant pitcher. He's pitched some good games against us. I like his approach. I saw Wheeler on TV, live fastball and a little slider."
The Nationals will have Ross Detwiler (2-6, 4.18 ERA) on the mound Friday. He's coming off a rough performance against the Rockies, in which he gave up seven runs on nine hits.
After starting the season off strong, Detwiler has been struggling of late. He hasn't pitched into the seventh inning since April 17. But he did spend time on the disabled list with a right oblique strain.
Still, Detwiler's had plenty of success against the Mets, going 4-1 in Detwiler's six career starts against New York.
Mets: Harvey making case for All-Star start
Harvey leads the NL with 121 strikeouts, and his 2.05 ERA is also best in the league. Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday he can shuffle his rotation if Harvey is asked to start the All-Star Game.
• Eric Young Jr. went 1-for-5 on Thursday, extending his hitting streak to six games. He's hitting .382 in eight games with the Mets.
Nationals: Desmond continues hot hitting month
With his home run on Thursday, shortstop Ian Desmond now has seven home runs and 23 RBIs in the month of June. Overall, he's hitting .272 this season.
• Bryce Harper had a two-run triple in a rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday.
• Reliever Drew Storen hasn't allowed an earned run in 14 of his last 15 appearances.
• The last game where the Mets scored at least 10 runs came against the Nationals in a 10-1 win at Nationals Park on June 5.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.