What to Watch for: 5.24.13

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Philadelphia Phillies (23-24) vs. Washington Nationals (24-23)

RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-1, 1.62)

The Nationals return home to match up with the Phillies for the first time in the 2013 season, coming off an off-day following their 2-1, 10-inning victory in San Francisco on Wednesday. Jordan Zimmermann takes his second crack at his eighth win in a battle of right-handers.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Harper RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Suzuki C

7. Moore LF

8. Lombardozzi 2B

9. Zimmermann RHP

EXTRA IAN-NINGS

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ian Desmond is now 7-for-18 in extra innings the last two seasons (‘12-13), during which Desmond’s .389 extra-inning batting average is tied for third in Major League Baseball (minimum 15 at-bats) with St. Louis’s John Jay. Only Hanley Ramirez (.467) and Yadier Molina (.400) have posted superior marks.

THE POWER OF 3 (AND 5)

When scoring three or more runs this season, the Nationals are 20-3 (.869). However, when plating two or fewer runs, Washington is just 4-20 (.167). Additionally, the Nationals are a perfect 17-0 when scoring five or more times.

THE SERIES

Washington is 16-11 against the Phillies under Davey Johnson, including a 4-1 mark in one-run contests. Before going 10-8 against the Phillies in ‘11, the Nationals/Expos had won only two season series from Philadelphia the previous 14 years.

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