Nats are back at home and lineups

Nyjer Morgan NatsTown.jpgIt is a b-e-a-utiful day in NatsTown. It is cliché–even corny–but that’s why I like to say it because it really is. The temperature is in the mid-80s and the sun is shining down as the Nats start to warm up. The Nats are off to their second best start since moving to DC in 2005. They started the 2005 season 5-4 but Washington’s other nine-game starts weren’t as memorable: 2-7 in 2006, 1-8 in 2007, 3-6 in 2008 and 1-8 in 2009. The Nats kick off a 10 game homestand before they play the next 25 of 36 games on the road. For those interested in catching the Brewers, Rockies and Dodgers this season at Nationals Park, keep in mind that this is their only trip to the Nation’s Capital this season. 

Brewers (4-5):

1.      Rickie Weeks – 2B

2.      Corey Hart – RF

3.      Ryan Braun – LF

4.      Prince Fielder – 1B

5.      Casey McGehee – 3B

6.      Carlos Gomez – CF

7.      Gregg Zaun – C

8.      Alcides Escobar – SS

9.      Yovani Gallardo – SP (0-2. 6.75 ERA)

*Prince Fielder has played in 194 straight games, which is the longest active consecutive games streak in the Major Leagues.

*Rickie Weeks has had a wonderful opening week, pun slightly intended. He has hit safely in each of his first nine games this season and is batting .333 with two home runs and seven RBI. He is looking to become just the fifth player in franchise history to open the season with a hitting streak of at least 10 games.

*Ryan Braun went 4-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs in the 8-6 win over the Cubs yesterday.

 Nationals (4-5):

1.      Nyjer Morgan – CF

2.      Willie Harris – RF

3.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ian Desmond – SS

7.      Adam Kennedy – 3B

8.      Wil Nieves – C

9.      John Lannan – SP (1-1. 8.13 ERA)

*Ryan Zimmerman will be held out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game with a sore hamstring but he could be a key bat off the bench late in the game. See yesterday’s two-run home run in the eighth inning for proof.

*Nyjer Morgan is batting .333 (5-for-15) with four walks, a stolen base and a .500 OBP in the last four games.

*Capps is the first Nationals closer to earn the save in each of the Nationals’ first four wins of a season. The only other franchise closer able to make this claim was Rocky Biddle in 2004. Biddle secured the save in each of the Expos’ first five wins that season.

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