What to Watch for: 6/16
New York Yankees (38-25) vs. Washington Nationals (38-24)
LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.81) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.91)
After last night’s loss against the Yankees, the Nationals are hoping to even the series and end New York’s seven-game winning-streak. Despite Jordan Zimmermann‘s 2.91 ERA, he has just three wins on the season, as he will look for more run support to prevent the Yankees from taking the first two games of the series.
1. Espinosa 2B
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Morse RF
5. Desmond SS
6. Moore 1B
7. Nady LF
8. Flores C
9. Zimmermann RHP
This afternoon, Zimmermann makes his first career start against the New York Yankees. His opposition in pinstripes, Andy Pettitte, looks for his first career win in Washington, D.C. Pettitte is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in three starts against the Nationals (2005-Present), with his two wins coming in Houston as a member of the Astros.
Mired in a 1-for-18 slump that plagued him during the recent road trip, Jesus Flores went 2-for-4 with a double in last night’s contest versus the Yankees. Flores has laced doubles in two of his last three games after enduring a stretch of 15 games without a two-bagger.
The Nationals (15-9) are 24 games into a stretch in which they play 32 consecutive contests against clubs from either the NL East (14 total, 8-6) or AL East (18 total, 7-3 to date). Despite Friday’s loss, the Nationals have won six of their last seven and their four-game lead in the NL east is tied for the largest divisional lead in MLB.