What to Watch for: 5.1.13

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Washington Nationals (13-14) vs. Atlanta Braves (17-9)

RHP Jordan Zimmermann (4-1, 2.00) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (3-2, 3.30)

The Nationals turn to Jordan Zimmermann to turn the tide against the Braves, who have won nine straight in this series dating back to last season. Zimmermann is coming off of his first career complete game shutout, a one-hitter against Cincinnati last Friday night. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm, who opened the season on a 25.1 scoreless innings streak, but has been touched up for 11 earned runs in his last 4.2 frames.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Lombardozzi 2B

3. Harper RF

4. Desmond SS

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Moore LF

7. Rendon 3B

8. Suzuki C

9. Zimmermann RHP

ALL OR NEARLY NOTHING

Washington is plating 5.8 runs per contest in 13 wins, but only 1.4 per contest in 14 losses to date. The Nationals have scored two runs or less in six of their 11 road games to date.

AGGRESSIVE APRIL

Bryce Harper established Nationals (2005-present) club records for home runs (9), RBI (18), extra-base hits (16) and OPS (1.150) in the month of April.

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Ian Desmond has hit safely in seven straight games, going 10-for-26 (.385) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, four runs scored and a walk. Desmond (April 5-12) and Jayson Werth (April 6-13) previously posted seven-game hitting streaks for Washington, so with a hit tonight, Ian’s streak would reach a team season-high eight games.

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