Nats look to sink the Bucs

The Nationals are the only team in the Majors without a series sweep but they have a chance to bring out the brooms tonight. The durable Livan Hernandez will take the mound as he tries to pick up his first win since May 4 tonight against the Pirates.


The Pirates don’t have to worry about Strasburg’s 97-99 mph fastball but they do have to deal with the crafty veteran. It is no secret the two pitchers have styles as opposite as the poles, but they both get the job done. Livo has been a reliable arm all season long, pitching on short rest once and at least 5.0 innings in all 11 starts. Granted his fastball is only slightly faster–85 mph–than Strasburg’s curveball, Livo pitches to contact and has an ability to make batter’s look foolish with his slow looping 65 mph curveball.


By the Numbers in 2010: Livo looks to get back on the winning road tonight.

First five starts: 4-1 with a 0.99 ERA (36.1 IP/ 4 ER) with 13 walks and a .186 BAA.

Last six starts: 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA (36.2 IP/ 14 ER) with 10 walks and a .277 BAA.


Who said it?

“I don’t think it’s weird to call [Strasburg the ace of the staff]. He is obviously our top pitcher right now. I don’t think that’s taking away from anything anyone has done here this year. Guys like him come around once every 10, 15, 20 years.”


Interleague play resumes tomorrow. The Nats will play six games in AL parks–three in Cleveland and Detroit–where they can utilize the DH position. It will allow Manager Jim Riggleman the ability to give Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman a pseudo-rest while not taking them out of the lineup. Dunn batted .333 (6-for-18) with two home runs and five RBI in six games last season as the DH.

Pirates (23-36):

1.    Jose Tabata – LF

2.    Neil Walker – 2B

3.    Andrew McCutchen – CF

4.    Garrett Jones – RF

5.    Ryan Doumit – 1B

6.    Bobby Crosby – SS

7.    Adam LaRoche – 3B

8.    Jason Jaramillo – C

9.    Zach Duke – SP (3-6, 5.43 ERA)

Nationals (29-31):

1.      Cristian Guzman – 2B

2.      Ian Desmond – SS

3.      Adam Dunn – 1B

4.      Ryan Zimmerman – 3B

5.      Josh Willingham – LF

6.      Pudge Rodriguez – C

7.      Michael Morse – RF

8.      Roger Bernadina – CF

9.      Livan Hernandez – SP (4-3, 2.22 ERA

Who said it? Adam Dunn


Strasburg looked incredible for sure. But for the view from the losing team, you might want to check out my blog, Diary of a Long Suffering Pirates Fan.

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