Nats-O’s game 1

Tonight’s game marks the start of Interleague Play for the Nationals. Since its 2005 move, the team is considerably better against AL opponents, owning a .478 winning percentage, than against their own league mates, to which the percentage drops to .422. However, Washington still has not won an Interleague season since 2006, when the team went 12-6.

 

Ryan Zimmerman is one home run shy of 100 career home runs. He will be just the second player from the 2005 draft class, behind only Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, to reach the century plateau.

 

Orioles (13-29):

1.    Corey Patterson – LF

2.    Ty Wigginton – 2B

3.    Nick Markakis – RF

4.    Miguel Tejada – 3B

5.    Luke Scott – 1B

6.    Adam Jones – CF

7.    Craig Tatum – C

8.    Cesar Izturis – SS

9.    David Hernandez – SP (0-5, 5.84 ERA)

* The O’s fell to Texas, 13-7, last night, and were out-hit 15-20 in a slugfest. That goes down as the most combined hits by two teams in a Major League game this season.

 Nationals (21-21):

1.      Willie Harris – RF

2.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

3.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

4.      Adam Dunn – 1B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Ivan Rodriguez – C

7.      Roger Bernadina – RF

8.      Ian Desmond – SS

9.      Scott Olsen – SP (2-1, 3.15 ERA)

* The Nationals are slated to face a trio of O’s right-handers this weekend in David Hernandez, Brad Bergesen, and Kevin Millwood. The good news is that the Nationals own a .533 winning percentage (16-14) this season when facing right-handed starters, up significantly from last season’s .380 winning percentage (49-80).

* Despite the Mets’ three-run opening inning last night, the Nationals have scored the game’s first run an NL-best 28 times in 42 games this season.

Trivia Time:

Which Nationals outfielder got his start in the Baltimore Orioles organization?

A.    Nyjer Morgan

B.     Mike Morse

C.     Josh Willingham

D.    Willie Harris

 

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