What to Watch for: 6.15.13

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Washington Nationals (33-33) vs. Cleveland Indians (33-33)

RHP Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 2.00) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (3-4, 5.33) 

Jordan Zimmermann takes the hill for Washington in search of his 10th win of the season, which would tie him for the Major League lead. He will be opposed by Scott Kazmir, who is a perfect 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA in four home starts this season, his first back in the big leagues following an injury during the 2011 campaign.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. Werth RF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Marrero DH

8. Suzuki C

9. Kobernus LF

Zimmermann RHP

START ME UP

Following 7.0 innings of one-run ball last night from Gio Gonzalez, Washington’s starting staff ranks third in the National League with a 3.43 ERA (152 ER/398.1 IP) this season. Steve McCatty’s starters trail only the Cardinals (2.77) and Reds (3.16) rotations in the NL. Last season, Washington’s starting staff led the NL with a 3.40 ERA.

CATCH YOUR Z’S

Jordan Zimmermann has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 13 outings this season, and has also turned in 11 quality starts thus far. He carries a league-leading 0.89 WHIP and 4.69 K/BB rate, sixth best in the National League.

GOOD WOOD, SLICK LEATHER

Ian Desmond had hit career-high 15-game hit streak snapped last night, but he has still reached base safely in 16 straight contests, pocketing .383 batting average (23-for-60) and .422 on-base percentage with four walks, four doubles, two homers, seven runs scored and 12 RBI over that span. Defensively, Desmond has played a career-high 47 consecutive errorless games (190 total chances) since last committing a miscue on April 21 at New York (NL). This is currently the longest streak of its kind among big league shortstops.

1 Comment

Glad to see Marrero in the starting lineup!

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