What to Watch for: 5.13.13
Washington Nationals (20-17) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-21)
RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-1, 1.59) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (0-4, 5.13)
The Nationals open a three-game series and 10-game road trip with this evening’s tilt in Los Angeles. Washington sends six-game winner Jordan Zimmermann to the hill against a heretofore winless Josh Beckett in a matchup of right-handers.
1. Span CF
2. Lombardozzi LF
3. Harper RF
4. Zimmerman 3B
5. LaRoche 1B
6. Desmond SS
7. Espinosa 2B
8. Suzuki C
9. Zimmermann RHP
The Nationals open a 10-game road trip to the Golden State’s cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. The 10-game trek, which matches the longest road swing on the 2013 schedule, marks Washington’s lone visit this season to the Pacific Coast and the first action against the NL West this year. The Nationals went 17-13 against the NL West last season (8-8 at NL West ballparks), the club’s first single-season winning mark against the division since ’05 (16-14).
Adam LaRoche enters tonight’s action riding a nine-game hit streak, looking to join Ian Desmond (10 games, April 24-May 3) as the only Nationals to put together double-digit streaks this season. During the stretch, which began on May 2, LaRoche has gone 13-for-29 (.448) with six walks, two doubles, two RBI and five runs scored, posting a .528 OBP & 1.045 OPS. His hit streak began after batting just .129 (11-for-85) in his initial 25 games this season. LaRoche’s career-long hitting streak is 11 games, accomplished twice (last, July 22-August 3, 2012).
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Washington is 15-2 when scoring first this season, compared to 5-15 when its opponent gets on the board first. The Nationals have been outscored 21-15 in the first frame this season, but have outscored their opponents 21-9 in the second inning.