What to Watch for: 4.30.13
Washington Nationals (13-13) vs. Atlanta Braves (16-9)
LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 4.30) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (2-1, 4.50)
The Nationals look to level this series at a game apiece following a 3-2 setback Monday night. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill for Washington as the club looks to move back above the .500 mark and cut into Atlanta’s 3.5-game division lead.
1. Span CF
2. Espinosa 2B
3. Harper RF
4. LaRoche 1B
5. Desmond SS
6. Moore LF
7. Tracy 3B
8. Ramos C
9. Gonzalez LHP
NEW FRONTIERS AHEAD
After the completion of this week’s four-game National League East tussle at Turner Field, the Nationals (6-7 against NL East) will play 18 straight games against foes outside the division.
Ian Desmond (14), Danny Espinosa (9) and Steve Lombardozzi (2) have combined on 25 extra-base hits, tops among MLB middle-infield units. The Phillies (21) rank second behind the Nationals.
JIM LETT’S BUDDING BULLPEN
Jim Lett’s bullpen has excelled of late, going 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA (8 ER/34.2 IP) in 14 games dating to April 15. Lett’s relievers have posted a .178 batting average against and been touched for just two home runs during the 14-game revival.