What to Watch for: 8/17

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New York Mets (56-62) vs. Washington Nationals (73-45)

LHP Johan Santana (6-8, 4.58) vs. LHP Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.18)

Following a stellar 8-2 road trip, the Nationals return home for six games against their NL East rival New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. The Nats will shuffle the rotation to send Ross Detwiler to the hill in the series opener against fellow southpaw Johan Santana. Washington will feature the quintet of Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse and Ian Desmond in the lineup together for the first time all season.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Morse LF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

SMOOTH ROAD

At 41-23 (.641), Washington owns the best road winning percentage in MLB, taking 14 of their last 17 road contests. Washington is 14-4-2 in road series in 2012, including a 6-0-2 (win-loss-split) mark in road series play dating to June 25. With 41 wins outside of D.C. in the books, the Nationals have assured themselves of their first winning road record since landing in The District in 2005.

SLEEPING IN OWN BED

As well as the Nationals have played on the road (chronicled above), note that the Nationals have more home games remaining than any club in MLB. In fact, 27 of Washington’s final 44 contests (61%) will take place within the comfy confines of Nationals Park, more than any other team in baseball. The Nationals own a 32-22 mark at home, yielding a .593 winning percentage (4th in NL/6th in MLB).

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING PRIOR

The Nationals are an 12-4 thus far in August and are the only big league have played winning baseball every month this season: July (17-9), June (15-10), May (15-13) and April (14-8). Including September of ’11, Washington has posted five straight winning months.

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