What to Watch For: 8/29

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Washington Nationals (77-51) vs. Miami Marlins (59-71)

LHP Ross Detwiler (7-6, 3.25) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (1-2, 6.87)

The Nationals wrap up a quick, two-game series with the Marlins, sending lefty Ross Detwiler to the hill in Miami. Despite dropping their last five contests, the Nationals still owns a 4.0-game lead in the National League East over the second-place Braves.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Morse LF

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

ONE FOR THE ROAD?

The Nationals have lost five straight games, matching their longest win-drought of the season (also April 26-May 1), and have scored just six runs during that stretch. Incidentally, Washington answered that five-game slide by winning four straight and seven of its next 10. All but two of MLB’s 30 teams have suffered losing streaks of at least five games in 2012, with Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees being the exceptions. The Nationals must win tonight’s series finale at Miami to avoid their first winless multi-city road trip since going 0-6 from May 25-31, 2009 (0-3 at NYM, 0-3 at PHI).

GATEWAY CITY MATCHUP

Two greater St. Louis natives will matchup when Ross Detwiler (Wentzville HS) and Jacob Turner (Westminster Christian Academy) take the hill for their respective clubs tonight in Miami. Detwiler is 1-0 and has fired 12.0 scoreless innings against the Marlins in four career games (one start). His lone start came on April 20, 2012 in a duel with Carlos Zambrano in which Detwiler fanned seven batters while allowing three hits in 6.0 IP in Washington’s 2-0 victory.

ROGER THAT

Roger Bernadina’s name wasn’t called last night in Miami, but it’s not for lack of production. Bernadina is 12-for-21 since August 9th and is batting .403/471/.468 in 35 games since July 18th.

TODAY IN DC BASEBALL

August 29, 2010: The Nationals doubled up St. Louis, 4-2, in D.C. to take three-of-four in the series. John Lannan worked 7.2 innings of one-run ball and his second-inning double plated the game’s initial two runs. The series win was Washington’s first over the Cardinals in over three years.

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