What to Watch for: 7.9.13
Washington Nationals (46-43) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (44-46)
RHP Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38)
Washington saw its four-game winning ride come to an end with a 3-2 loss in the series opener Monday night in Philadelphia. The Nationals look to rookie right-hander Taylor Jordan, making just his third Major League start, against Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels in the second contest of this four-game set.
1. Hairston LF
2. Desmond SS
3. Harper CF
4. Zimmerman 3B
5. Werth RF
6. LaRoche 1B
7. Rendon 2B
8. Suzuki C
9. Jordan RHP
Scott Hairston will lead off and play left field in his first outing with the Nationals. Hairston is 12-for-30 with five doubles and five home runs in his career against Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Hairston’s career average of one homer every 22.3 at-bats ranks 21st among active right-handed hitters (min. 2500 plate appearances).
THESE GUYS ARE A-O.K.
Neither Fernando Abad, Ross Ohlendorf nor Ian Krol were member of the Nationals Opening Day roster, but all three joined the Nationals in June and are a combined 2-2 with two holds and a 1.72 ERA in 36 appearances/one start. The trio has stranded seven of 10 inherited baserunners and posted a .197 batting average against, an 0.85 WHIP and a 7.2/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (43 SO, 6 BB).
THE POWER OF 3
When scoring three or more runs this season, the Nationals are 41-10 (.804). However, when plating two or fewer runs, Washington is just 5-33 (.132).