What to Watch for: 4.15.13

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Washington Nationals (7-5) vs. Miami Marlins (2-10)

RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 2.08) vs. Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 3.27)

The Nationals hit the road for a six-game swing through Miami and New York, opening with a three-game series with the Marlins tonight. Washington swept the Fish to open the season back in D.C. just two weeks ago.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. Desmond SS

6. Moore 1B

7. Lombardozzi 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Zimmermann RHP

ATTENTION SPAN!

Denard Span’s .423 on-base percentage is noteworthy beyond the fact that it ranks sixth among all Major League leadoff hitters. In recent years, Washington struggled mightily ranking 18th (.325 in 2012) and dead last (.285 in 2011) in on-base percentage from the leadoff slot.

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The Nationals pace the NL as 39.8 percent of their hits in ‘13 have gone for extra bases. Washington’s 93 hits include 18 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs. The Mets rank second in extra-base hit percentage at 39.4%.

CATCHING CAP

Davey Johnson and his 1293 career managerial wins appear poised to move into the top 30 all-time in the coming days. Johnson currently ranks 31st on the all-time list and trails Hall-of-Famer Cap Anson, who posted 1295 wins and a .578 winning percentage in 21 seasons (1875, 1879-98) primarily as a player/manager with the Phillies, White Sox, Chicago Colts and Giants. Before the season ends, Johnson has a strong chance to also catch and surpass Hall-of-Famer Ned Hanlon (#29, 1313 wins) and Chuck Tanner (#28, 1352 wins).

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