What to Watch For: 7/6

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Colorado Rockies (31-51) vs. Washington Nationals (48-32)

LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-3) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-3, 2.81)

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

BESTING SOME OF THE BEST

During its current four-game winning streak, Washington has scored 32 runs (8.0 per game) despite being opposed by Matt Cain (career 3.29 ERA), Madison Bumgarner (3.14), Tim Lincecum (3.23) and Tim Hudson (3.42), who rank 12th, 4th, 7th and 16th, respectively, in career ERA among active pitchers (min. 50 starts).

MIDDLE MEN

Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa sparked yesterday’s come-from-behind victory in the seventh inning when they clubbed back-to-back solo home runs. Something to note about the production of Washington’s middle infielders: The Nationals are tied for second in the Major League with Houston and Cleveland with 22 home runs from their middle infielders (Desmond 15, Espinosa 7)…only the Yankees (28) have more.

ALL-TIME TOP FIVE

In the first game of the final series before the All-Star Break, Stephen Strasburg takes to the hill against Drew Pomeranz. Both Strasburg (first overall, ‘09) and Pomeranz (fifth overall, ‘10) are former top-five selections in the First-Year Player Draft. Strasburg is coming off two consecutive losses while Pomeranz has yet to record a victory in six starts this season.

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