What to Watch for: 6/10
Washington Nationals (34-23) vs. Boston Red Sox (29-30)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.82) vs. LHP John Lester (3-4, 4.64)
The Nationals need a win today to secure a weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Washington has two series sweeps this season, April 20-21 vs. MIA (3rd game of series was PPD due to rain) and May 25-27 at ATL. The Nationals are 1-11 this season when playing the final game of a series with a sweep on the line. While the Nationals have never swept the Red Sox, the Expos did it twice (both times at Olympic Stadium in Montreal: Sept. 1-3, 1997 & June 7-9, 1999).
START ME UP
Gio Gonzalez (8-2) earned the win yesterday, holding the Red Sox to just two runs in 6.1 innings. Gio held Boston to just three hits, improving his batting average against to an MLB-best .168. According to Elias, that is the lowest opponent batting average through 12 starts since Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano posted a .163 BAA through 12 outings in 2006.
Jordan Zimmermann takes to the hill today for his first start at Fenway Park. However, today is not Jordan’s first start against the Red Sox. He tossed 7.0 innings of one-run, five-hit ball to grab the win in his only start against Boston on 6/25/09 at Nats Park.
STATE OF THE NATIONALS
With a series-ending win today, Washington would improve to 12 games over .500 for the first time this season. The last time the Nationals reached 12-over was in July 2005 (55-43 after 98 games).