What to Watch For: 8/26
Washington Nationals (77-49) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (60-67)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 2.54) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.78)
The Nationals look to salvage the third and final game of this set as they send right-hander Jordan Zimmermann to the hill against Phillies southpaw Cliff Lee.
1. Espinosa SS
2. Harper CF
3. Zimmerman 3B
4. Werth RF
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Moore LF
7. Flores C
8. Lombardozzi 2B
9. Zimmermann RHP
SUNDAY’S TO-DO LIST
Washington enters today’s finale at Philadelphia needing a win to avoid their first four-game losing streak since June 15-19. A Nationals series-ending win is also required to avert being swept for the fourth time this year. To date, only the Dodgers (three-gamer on road, April 27-29), Marlins (three-gamer on road, May 28-30) and Yankees (three-gamer in D.C., June 15-17) have swept the Nationals.
Jordan Zimmermann toes the rubber, looking to end Washington’s three-game losing streak today vs. former Expo Cliff Lee. He faces the Phillies for the third time in 2012, having gone 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12.0 IP) to date. Note that Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee has tossed scoreless ball in three of six career starts against his original organization.
MURDER BY NUMBERS
Since the All-Star break, the Nationals are 28-4 when scoring three or more runs. When scoring less than three, Washington is winless in 11 games in the season’s second “half.”