Thanks to two snow postponements, Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner has had plenty of time to think about his previous two starts this season.
He's even had a chance to get in an inning of relief work to stay fresh. However, in one inning of work against the Rockies on Thursday, Hefner allowed two solo home runs.
While the right-hander went six innings and gave up only one earned run in his first start of the season against the Marlins, Hefner didn't fare as well April 10 against the Phillies. In just three innings of work, Hefner allowed five runs on six hits for his second loss of the season.
He'll look to get back on track come Saturday against the Nationals at Citi Field.
"I know I'm good enough to beat these guys," Hefner said after the game against the Phillies. "I just didn't execute my pitches."
Meanwhile, Gio Gonzalez will be on the hill for Washington, ready to rebound after his worst game as a member of the Nationals.
Allowing seven runs on seven hits in five innings of work against the Braves on Sunday, it marked the first time Gonzalez had put up such numbers since a Sept. 14, 2010, start against the Royals while a member of the Oakland A's.
Visibly frustrated throughout the game, Gonzalez was shaking his head and yelling at himself throughout the start.
"I wasn't attacking the strike zone, leaving every pitch up and falling behind on a good team. That's all it was," Gonzalez said after the game. "I was falling behind and giving [my team] too much to come back from."
Nats: Espinosa again out of lineup with sore hand
Second baseman Danny Espinosa missed his fourth straight game on Friday with a sore right hand even though he took batting practice without any problems earlier in the afternoon.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he would like Espinosa to have a full workout -- hitting and fielding -- before putting him back into the lineup.
He most likely will play Saturday afternoon against the Mets after having the workout in front of Johnson. Espinosa hurt the hand after being hit by a pitch thrown by Braves left-hander Paul Maholm.
"[The hand] is going to be painful for a while," Espinosa said. "It's a bone bruise. It's right on the skin. There is no meat around it. ... My hand strength and my wrist feel a lot better."
Mets: d'Arnaud won't need surgery
Mets top prospect Travis d'Arnaud will not require surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left foot.
The sixth-ranked player on MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch, d'Arnaud sustained a non-displaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot when a foul tip struck him Wednesday during a game with Triple-A Las Vegas.
"He's in a boot," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They want him to do as little as possible for a while -- let that mending start."
• Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had the day off Friday because of a left hamstring cramp. Zimmerman, who is expected to play Saturday afternoon, said the injury is not considered serious.
• In three career games against the Nationals, Hefner is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA.
• Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his three most recent starts against the Mets.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.