What to Watch for: 6/30

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Washington Nationals (44-31) vs. Atlanta Braves (40-36) 

RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 2.60) vs. LHP Mike Minor (3-6, 6.14)

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. Strasburg RHP

SMOOTH ROAD

At 24-17 (.585), the Nationals own the best road record in the NL. Washington is 8-4-1 in series play on the road in 2012, including a 3-1 road series mark against the NL East.

JUNE BOON

At 15-10 with just tonight’s June sendoff remaining, the Nationals have clinched their third consecutive winning month in ‘12 (14-8 in April, 15-13 in May). Including a 17-10 mark in Sept. of ’11, Washington has posted 4 straight winning months for the first time since landing in D.C. Before the Nationals’ current 4-month win streak, they had only 3 winning months in the previous 25 baseball months dating to August of ’07: June ‘11 (17-10), March/April ‘10 (13-10) and Septeber/October ‘07 (15-12).

D.C.’S 1-2 PUNCH

Washington is 24-6 (.800) in games started by Stephen Strasburg or Gio Gonzalez this year. Both Strasburg and Gonzalez are scheduled to receive starting nods here at Turner Field in the next 24 hours.

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