What to Watch For: 8/11
Washington Nationals (70-43) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (57-56)
RHP Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.56) vs. LHP Wade Miley (12-7, 2.85)
Michael Morse homered for the third time in two days and Ryan Zimmerman went deep as well as the Nationals continued their flawless road trip with a 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Stephen Strasburg allowed a single hit over six innings of work in earning his 13th win of the season. Edwin Jackson takes the hill tonight against impressive rookie Wade Miley looking to extend Washington’s winning ways.
1. Werth CF
2. Espinosa SS
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Morse RF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Moore LF
7. Flores C
8. Lombardozzi 2B
9. Jackson RHP
Thanks in part to a season-high seven straight wins, the Nationals are a season-best 27 games above .500. The ‘33 AL Nationals (99-53) were the last big league club representing the Nation’s Capital to climb as many as 27 games above the break-even mark.
In Friday’s 9-1 win at Chase Field, Stephen Strasburg secured the 50th win by a Nationals starting pitcher in 2012. The starting staff of the inaugural-campaign 2005 Nationals currently holds the mark for most wins (52) in single season.
At 38-21 (.644), Washington owns the best road winning percentage in MLB, and the Nationals have won 17 of their last 22 road contests. Washington is 12-4-2 in road series play in 2012.