What to Watch for: 7/3

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San Francisco Giants (45-35) vs. Washington Nationals (45-32)

RHP Tim Lincecum (3-8, 5.60) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (4-6, 2.77)

The Nationals are back home to face the Giants in the opener of a three-game set this evening at 6:35 p.m. This is the first time the teams will face off this season. Jordan Zimmermann, taking the mound tonight for Washington, looks to carry on his impressive ERA (2.77) and WHIP (1.15) into July.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Lombardozzi LF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Morse RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Flores C

9. Zimmermann RHP

TWO OF THE BEST SQUARE OFF IN DC

The division-leading Nationals (NL East) and Giants (NL West) enter the series with the first and second-best winning percentages, respectively, in the National League. The Nationals posted a 5-5 on their just completed three-city, 10-game roadtrip while the Giants just finished a seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record, going 3-0 against the Dodgers and 2-2 against Cincinnati.

ZIMM LOOKS FOR HOME COOKIN’

Jordan Zimmermann takes to the hill tonight for the Nationals, looking to earn his second win in a row and first at home in 2012. In fact, Zimmermann has only one win (Aug. 18, 2011 vs. CIN) at Nationals Park since last year’s All-Star Break.

A FRANCHISE BEST

The Washington Nationals currently sport a run differential of +48 (316-268) over their opponents so far in 2012. That mark is the highest differential for the club in a single season in Nationals history (2005-Present).

2 Comments

This will be an important series for the Nats with a measuring stick quality to it. They face a team, in the Giants, that matches their pitching and solid defense. Considering that the Giants have been known in the past for poor or mediocre team offense this would be the time to find out if Washington’s seemingly improved offense is sustained.

Harold G. Pavel
Springfield, Virginia

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