What to Watch for: 6/26

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Washington Nationals (41-30) vs. Colorado Rockies (28-44)

RHP Gio Gonzalez (9-3, 2.55) vs. LHP Christian Friedrich (4-4, 5.65)

Tonight, the Nationals take on Colorado in game two of the four-game set in the Rocky Mountains. A win this evening would prevent the Nationals from losing two consecutive series for the first time this season. Additionally, the match-up holds great potential for one of the Nats to set an impressive franchise record.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Espinosa 2B

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Morse RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Moore LF

8. Flores C

9. Gonzalez LHP

ZIMMERMAN CLOSE TO 1,000

With 998 in the bag, Ryan Zimmerman is just two hits shy of recording his 1,000th career hit. While Zimmerman would become the seventh player to record a 1,000th career hit in a Washington uniform, he would be the first to do so exclusively as a National. The first six to 1,000: Adam LaRoche, Adam Dunn, Aaron Boone, Cristian Guzman, Alfonso Soriano and Jose Guillen.

VIEW FROM THE TOP

Despite having dropped three of four, the Nationals remain 3.5 games ahead of both the Braves and Mets in the NL East standings. The Nationals have either led the NL East or shared the top spot for 72 of the season’s 82 days. Only the Texas Rangers (79) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (79) have more days atop of their divisions in 2012.

GIO TAKES TO THE HILL

Tonight vs. Colorado, Gio Gonzalez will attempt to become just the second National (2005-present) lefty to reach the double-digit win plateau. The last, and only other National to do it was John Lannan when he won 10 games in 2011. Like Stephen Strasburg last night, Gio has never faced the Colorado Rockies, but is 3-3 with 2.53 ERA in seven career starts against the NL West.

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