What to Watch for: 5.29.13

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Washington Nationals (27-25) vs. Baltimore Orioles (28-24)

RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-2, 1.71) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (4-2, 3.68) 

The Nationals blasted four home en route to a 9-3 victory and a split of the home half of this year’s Battle of the Beltways. The series shifts north up I-95 for the final two games as Jordan Zimmermann looks for his league-leading ninth win in Washington’s lone trip to the Charm City this season.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Bernadina RF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Moore LF

7. Tracy DH

8. Suzuki C

9. Espinosa 2B

RHP Zimmermann

A WINNING MAY IS JUST A VICTORY AWAY

The Nationals are 14-11 in May with three games remaining on the month. Thus, Washington is one win shy of clinching a winning May, which is no small feat considering 18 of May’s 28 contests are road contests and the weighted winning percentage of the Nationals nine opponents in May is .508. Dating to September 2011, the Nationals have played winning baseball in seven of the last eight months.

THE AMERICAN WAY

The Nationals are 6-1 this season against the American League (3-0 vs. Chicago, 2-0 vs. Detroit, 1-1 vs. Baltimore). Washington is also 24-16 in interleague play since the beginning of 2011 and the corresponding .600 winning percentage paces National League clubs (fourth in MLB) during that two-plus year span.

TEN-ARD SPAN?

Denard Span has hit safely in nine straight games at a .317 clip (13-for-41) with three doubles, a triple, four runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base. Span is one game shy of registering the fifth double-digit hit streak of his career. In Span’s final campaign with the Twins (2012), he posted a career-high 12-game hit streak from April 18-May 1.

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