What to Watch For: 9/15

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Washington Nationals (89-55) vs. Atlanta Braves (82-63)

RHP Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.85) vs. RHP Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.35)

The Nationals and Braves meet for the second of a three-game set for a mid-afternoon, 4:05 p.m. start time in Atlanta. Edwin Jackson looks for another strong outing against the Braves, against whom he allowed just one run over seven innings while fanning nine in his only other head-to-head start this season. The Nats offense meanwhile, looks to stay hot against Hanson, off whom they have plated 10 runs (including four homers) in 11 innings over two starts.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Werth RF

2. Harper CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Espinosa 2B

7. Flores C

8. Lombardozzi LF

9. Jackson RHP

POWER PLAY

Beginning with an 8-4 win on August 29 at Marlins Park, the Nationals are 12-4 and have hit 24 more home runs than their opposition. In those 16 contests, Washington’s homered 37 times, been taken deep 13 times and outscored Miami, St. Louis, Chicago, New York and Atlanta by 41 runs (97-56).

2ND “HALF” POWER

The Nationals lead the NL and rank third in MLB having hit 82 home runs in the season’s second half. Those 82 post-All- Star break homers are the most hit by the Nationals (2005-pres.) or by any club in D.C.’s 79-year modern baseball history (since 1901), however, they are tied with the 1997 Expos for the franchise mark. The ‘12 Nationals have 18 games to pad their totals.

IN(FIELD) DEEP

Collectively, the Nationals infield (excluding pitcher and catcher) has hit an MLB-best 97 home runs this season. The Yankees (92) and Brewers (81) rank second and third on this list, respectively. Individually, Adam LaRoche (29) and Ian Desmond (23) pace their positions in home runs, while both Ryan Zimmerman (fourth in NL, 22) and Danny Espinosa (sixth, 11) rank among the Senior Circuit’s top half at their positions.

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3 Comments

I live 80 miles from D.C. and 250 miles from the Bronx. Why on earth is FOX televising the Yankees? This has nothing to do with a blackout. I get all MASN games.
PO’d in Gettysburg

Hey Buddy – unfortunately, FOX sets the regional coverage, not us, so we don’t have any control over which game they show. Are you able to at least follow along on the radio?

Gio will be great against the Braves tonight. I wonder how many innings he will throw? I think he is a very strong candidate for the Cy Young award. Go Gio!

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