What to Watch for: 6/29

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Washington Nationals (43-31) vs. Atlanta Braves (40-35)

LHP Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.09) vs. RHP Randall Delgado (4-8, 4.52)

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Lombardozzi LF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Flores C

9. Detwiler LHP

PAST PRESENT FUTURE

The Nationals three-game weekend set at Atlanta marks the final leg of a three-city, 10-game road trip. Washington is 3-4 on the trip (1-2 at BAL, 2-2 at COL), despite outscoring the Orioles and Rockies by 10 runs (40-30). Three of the trek’s four losses have been by one run, the other by two runs. Washington’s visit to Turner Field is its second of 2012, with the Nationals sweeping the other series here, May 25-27.

ADAMANT ABOUT ADAM

With 48 RBI in 74 games, Adam LaRoche is on pace to become just the fourth National ever to tally 50 or more RBI in the literal first half (81 games) of a season. Chronologically, the three Nationals to maintain above a 100-RBI pace through a season’s initial 81 contests were Alfonso Soriano (51) in 2006, Ryan Zimmerman (50) in 2006 and Adam Dunn (59) in 2009. Zimmerman and Dunn eventually reached the 100-RBI plateau in those seasons, while Soriano (95) fell short.

THE FAB FOUR

The four rookies on Washington’s roster — Bryce Harper, Tyler Moore, Steve Lombardozzi and Jhonatan Solano — has combined to hit .286 (128-for-448) with 27 doubles, four triples, 14 home runs, 44 RBI a .354 OBP, and a .458 slugging percentage in 497 plate appearances.

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