What to Watch For: 9/11
Washington Nationals (87-54) vs. New York Mets (65-76)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (10-8, 2.99) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (18-4, 2.64)
The Nationals won the opening game of the road trip, 5-1 over the Mets, for their 10th victory in their last 13 games. One of only four teams to have beaten R.A. Dickey this season, they will try to do so again tonight with Jordan Zimmermann on the hill.
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. Zimmermann RHP
With two more RBI on Monday at Citi Field, Ryan Zimmerman has now posted at least one RBI in seven consecutive contests. Since the club landed in D.C. in 2005, the only other National with an RBI streak to reach seven games was Cristian Guzman, July 24-Aug. 1, 2009. Zimmerman is also in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak, the longest hitting streak by a National this season and the longest active streak in the National League.
DESMOND SETS A NEW STANDARD
With his 22nd home run last night against New York, a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Collin McHugh, Ian Desmond established a new single-season high for home runs by a D.C.-based middle infielder, encompassing 79 years of modern baseball (1901-1971, 2005-present).
Jordan Zimmermann faces off against his most frequent foe tonight, as he has made 10 career starts against the Mets. He is 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) in those 10 starts. In his last outing, Zimmerman earned the win in Thursday’s 9-2 victory over the Cubs. He struck out nine in 7.0 IP, allowing two runs on five hits. The nine Ks were the most for J-Zimm since he struck out 11 on August 9 at Houston.
DATE IN DC BASEBALL
September 11, 1886 – At Washington’s Capitol Park, backstop Connie Mack makes his major league debut as the Nationals edge the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3.
September 11, 2006 – Jose Vidro’s bases-loaded walk in the ninth plates the decisive run in a 7-6 victory at Arizona. The Nationals are out homered by the D-Backs, 4-0, but earn 10 walks to help offset the power differential. In the third inning, Alfonso Soriano becomes MLB’s first 40-homer, 30-stolen base, 20-outfield assist player by gunning down Orlando Hudson trying to stretch a single into a double. By season’s end, Soriano caps his lone season in a Nationals uniform with 46 long balls, 41 stolen bags and 22 outfield assists.