Desmond moved to 7th in the lineup

The Nationals felt Ian Desmond could be their leadoff hitter when they traded Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers. It is only coincidence that the first day he is dropped in the lineup is the same day Morgan is back at Nationals Park—but he isn’t in the starting lineup. Desmond may still be the Nats leadoff hitter but he will bat seventh tonight after hitting .180 (9-for-50) with a .212 on-base percentage with 12 strikeouts and two walks.

Espinosa will slide into the top spot for the night and his performance will likely dictate the length of time he stays there. Espinosa is batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .405 OBP. So far this season, he has worked the count slightly more than Desmond: 3.86 pitches per PA to 3.62.

Brewers

2B Rickie Weeks

CF Carlos Gomez

LF Ryan Braun

1B Prince Fielder

3B Casey McGehee

SS Yuniesky Betancourt

RF Erick Almonte

C Wil Nieves

LHP Chris Narveson

 Nationals

2B Danny Espinosa

CF Rick Ankiel

RF Jayson Werth

1B Adam LaRoche

C Wilson Ramos

LF Michael Morse

SS Ian Desmond

3B Jerry Hairston Jr.

LHP Tom Gorzelanny

*This is the first time former Nationals Wil Nieves and Nyjer Morgan will be stepping foot inside Nationals Park since they joined the Brewers. Nieves will be behind the plate to start, though Morgan is not in the starting lineup.

 *Though no one in the Nationals starting lineup has seen much of Chris Narveson, Rick Ankiel, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche all have hits off of the lefty. LaRoche also has a RBI off of Narveson.

 *As a former Cub, Tom Gorzelanny has seen a lot of the Brewers. In his career, he’s 4-3 against the Brew Crew in 10 starts with 47 strikeouts.

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