Balester makes first start in 2009



Shumaker – 4

Rasmus – 8

Derosa – 3

Ludwick – 9

Ankiel – 7

Molina – 2

Thurston – 5

Ryan – 6

Wainwright – 1 (RHP, 10-6, 3.01)



Morgan – 8

Guzman – 6

Zimmerman – 5

Dunn – 7

Johnson – 3

Willingham – 9

Gonzalez – 4

Bard – 2

Balester – 1 (RHP, No Stats for 2009)



Did You Know: The Nationals three games against the Mets earlier this week lasted 2:16, 2:09 and 2:20. It was the first three game series in which every game lasted 2:20 or less since July 9-11, 2004, when the White Sox swept Seattle in a three game series (2:17, 2:13 and 2:19) at U.S. Cellular Field.


The Nationals current rotation of John Lannan (57 career starts), Collin Balester (15), Craig Stammen (12), Garrett Mock (4) and J.D. Martin (one) have combined for just 89 career starts.


Balester is Back: The Nats placed right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on the 15-Day Disabled List with right elbow discomfort and recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse. Tonight’s game will be only the eighth game since the All-Star break but J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock and now Collin Balester have started a game for the Nationals. All three were pitching for the Syracuse Chiefs at the break.


balester 1.jpgBalester is starting tonight in the makeup game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 23-year-old went 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last 12 starts with Syracuse. Over that period, he posted 41 strikeouts and a .274 batting average against in 69.1 innings. Overall, Balester went 7-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 19 Triple-A starts. Rated the top prospect in the Nationals organization by Baseball America entering the 2007 season, Balester went 3-7 with a 5.51 ERA in 15 starts with Washington last season.


Zimmermann, 23, is 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts this season. He ranks in the top ten among NL rookies in the following categories with 92 strikeouts (first), 16 starts (second), 91.1 innings (fourth), three wins (tied for sixth), a 4.63 ERA (seventh) and a .271 batting average against (ninth).


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Honorable Mention:  

– “The Mayor of NatsTown working the rope line”

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