What to Watch for: 5.19.13

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Washington Nationals (23-20) vs. San Diego Padres (19-23)

RHP Dan Haren (4-4, 4.76) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84)

Washington goes for the series win in San Diego as the Nationals send Dan Haren to the mound in a battle of right-handers. Haren is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in his last five outings, which include three quality starts.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Lombardozzi 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Moore LF

6. Bernadina RF

7. Espinosa SS

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

RECAPPING JORDAN’S GEM

Jordan Zimmermann took the loss in Saturday’s 2-1 setback at San Diego, but in doing so he registered his Major League-best third complete game this season and eighth quality start (tied for MLB lead). Zimmermann tossed just 85 pitches last night, establishing a new Nationals (‘05-present) record for fewest pitches thrown in a non-rain-shortened, complete-game start. He bettered the previous record of 89 pitches, set by Pedro Astacio in a 5-0 win vs. Atlanta on August 15, 2006.

BARK AND BITE AT PETCO

Thanks in part to three homers in three games this series, Adam LaRoche now has 10 career home runs at Petco Park, which is tops among all players who have never called the park “home” during its existence (Todd Helton, Andruw Jones & Justin Upton are tied for second on that list with nine HR). LaRoche is a career .328 (42-for-128) hitter with 13 doubles, 10 homers and 28 RBI in 35 games at Petco Park. LaRoche’s most career home runs by ballpark: Turner Field (37), PNC Park (36), Nationals Park (23), Chase Field (15), Petco Park (10).

MIDDLE MEN

The 3-4-5 hitters in Washington’s lineup have hit a combined .341 (45-for-132) with nine home runs and 27 RBI while pocketing 16 walks and scoring 26 runs in the team’s last 12 games. Those same spots in the order are batting a combined .274 (128-for-468) with 24 HR & 71 RBI overall this season.

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