What to Watch for: 5.31.13

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Washington Nationals (27-27) vs. Atlanta Braves (32-21)

RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 2.49) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.67)

The Nationals enter a three-game road series against division-rival Atlanta with Stephen Strasburg on the hill in a battle of right-handers. Washington split its other series at Turner Field earlier this season, winning the final two contests of the four-game set. Strasburg comes into tonight’s game with a 0.96 ERA (3 ER/28.0 IP) and 27 strikeouts over his last four starts.


1. Span CF

2. Lombardozzi LF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche DH

5. Desmond SS

6. Bernadina RF

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Strasburg RHP


Tonight’s game marks the 300th contest that Davey Johnson has skippered for the Nationals. Johnson was named the team’s fifth manager on June 26, 2011, and he penned his first lineup card the following day when Washington opened a three-game set on the road against the Angels. Here’s a look at how Johnson’s first 300 with the Nationals stack up to his the first 300 at his previous stops:

Team             Years                First 300 gms         Accomplishments (first 300 gms)

Washington     ‘11-current         165-134 (.552)            ‘12 NL MGR, ‘12 NL East Champs

L.A. – NL         ‘99-00                150-150 (.500)           —

Baltimore        ‘96-97                174-125-1 (.580)        ‘96 Wild Card

Cincinnati       ‘93-95                 161-138-1 (.537)        ‘94 NL Central Champs

New York-NL   ‘84-90                 174-126 (.580)           —


The Nationals continue a seven-game road trip from Baltimore (0-2) to Atlanta, tonight opening a 3-game set against the Braves. This weekend’s series at Turner Field completes a 32-game stretch for the Nationals that has included just 10 home games. Washington is 14-15 thus far in this span.

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