What to Watch for: 6/22
Washington Nationals (40-27) vs. Baltimore Orioles (39-30)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-5, 2.92) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.87)
After recovering to win the final two games of their series against the Rays, the Nationals kick start a 10-day road trip in Baltimore with the Battle of the Beltways. Earlier in the season, Washington’s American League neighbor took two of three in the Nation’s Capital. The Nationals will look to return the favor and improve upon their 15-5-3 series record this weekend.
1. Lombardozzi LF
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Morse DH
6. Desmond SS
7. Espinosa 2B
8. Bernadina RF
9. Flores C
J. Zimmermann RHP
At 40-27, the Nationals reached the 40-win plateau in fewer games (67) than any DC-based team since the 1933 American League Champion Nationals (40-23, 63 games).
This weekend, Davey Johnson returns to Oriole Park in uniform for the first time in nearly 15 years. With Baltimore, Davey helped the O’s claim four AL flags (1966, ‘69-‘71) and two World Championships (1966, ‘70). He also played in three All-Star Games (1968-‘70) and won three Gold Gloves (1969-‘71) as an Oriole. Johnson also managed the O’s for two seasons (1996-’97), compiling a 186-138 (.574) record winning AL Manager of the Year in 1997.
In 27 games dating back to a 9-3 win on May 20 vs. Baltimore, Bryce Harper is hitting .327 (34-for-104) with four doubles, three triples, five homers, 15 RBI, 14 walks and 21 runs scored (.974 OPS).