What to Watch for: 6/13
Washington Nationals (37-23) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (31-31)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-1, 2.41) vs. RHP Kyle Drabek (4-6, 4.43)
The Nationals have a second consecutive sweep is on the mind, as they get ready for today’s game. If the Washington can capture the victory today, it will extend the team’s winning streak to six games, the longest of the 2012 season. It would also mark the first 6-0 road trip in team history.
Washington is 5-0 on its current road trip and has already secured the most successful multi-city trip since relocating to The District. The franchise hasn’t gone undefeated on a multi-city trip in 24 years, since the Expos swept back-to-back three-game series at Houston and Atlanta, July 4-10, 1988. In addition, with a win today, Washington would extend its road winning streak to six straight, which would mark the second longest in Nationals history (‘05-present) behind only the nine-game road winning streak from September 12-26 last season.
With a .594 road winning percentage, Washington has the record away from home in the National League (third in MLB). The Nationals best single-season road mark was .494 (40-41) in 2005, and the only team in franchise history to finish with a road win percentage better than their current mark was the 1994 Expos (.677, 42-20).
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Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg will look to extend his personal winning streak to five games as he makes his first career start north of the border this afternoon in Toronto. While he has never faced the Blue Jays, he is 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/29.1 IP) in five career interleague starts, including his dominating, 13-strikeout performance on Friday in Boston.