What to Watch for: 7/4

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San Francisco Giants (45-36) vs. Washington Nationals (46-32)

LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-4, 2.85) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (4-4, 3.57)

After last night’s win over the Giants in a battle of first-place teams, the Nationals are back at it for a special holiday 11:05 a.m. start today. This is the first time since 1933 that the Nationals have had the best record in the National League on the Fourth of July. Meanwhile, the Giants hope to hold onto their precarious half-game lead in the NL West.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Espinosa 2B

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Morse LF

5. Desmond SS

6. Moore 1B

7. DeRosa RF

8. Solano C

9. Jackson RHP

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Currently 14 games above .500, the Nationals (46-32) can match their apex of the 2012 season at 15 games above the break-even point with an Independence Day victory over the Giants. Washington peaked at 38-23 with a 6-2 victory on June 13 at TOR.

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY 

San Francisco starting LHP Madison Bumgarner (10-4) has six more wins than Washington starter RHP Edwin Jackson (4-4), yet Edwin owns a higher quality-start percentage (67% to 63%) in 2012. In 63 collective starting assignments as a staff, Nationals starters Stephen Strasburg (12), Gio Gonzalez (11), Jordan Zimmermann (14) and Edwin Jackson (10) have combined on 47 quality starts – most among any quartet in MLB this season – and an impressive 75% quality start percentage.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER 

Jim Lett’s seven-man bullpen contains five relievers currently sporting sub-2.00 ERAs: LHP Sean Burnett (1.52 ERA, 29.2 innings/35 games), RHP Tyler Clippard (1.83 ERA, 34.1 innings/35 games), LHP Michael Gonzalez (1.80 ERA, 10.0 innings/15 games), RHP Ryan Mattheus (1.95 ERA, 27.2 innings/27 games) and Craig Stammen (1.41 ERA, 44.2 innings/31 games). Collectively, the aforementioned bullpen quintet has posted a 1.66 ERA (27 ER/146.1 IP) and 8.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 146.1 innings pitched this season.

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3 Comments

Really need to make good seats available to everyone.

Again, make good seats affordable to all

In addition to our many special offers (link below), we’ve also got $5 grandstand tickets ($15 for marquee games) available to every home game once gates open. Hope that helps.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ticketing/specials.jsp

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