What to Watch for: 7.13.13

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Washington Nationals (47-46) vs. Miami Marlins (34-57)

RHP Dan Haren (4-10, 6.00) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.83)

Washington looks to rebound in the second of a three-game set as they face Marlins hard-throwing rookie All-Star Jose Fernandez. The Nationals will counter with Dan Haren, who shut the Phillies out for the final four innings of his start in Philadelphia on Monday, but took the tough-luck loss in a 3-2 final.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Span CF

2. Desmond SS

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Werth RF

7. Lombardozzi 2B

8. Ramos C

9. Haren RHP

HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES

At 16-11 (.593), the Nationals own the National League’s second-best record in one-run games. Only the Diamondbacks (20-12, .625) own a better winning percentage in one-run contests.

A WERTHY STREAK

Jayson Werth has hit safely in nine straight games with six walks, a double, two home runs, six RBI and a .517/.583/.759 slash line. Werth’s last double-digit hit streak was a 13-gamer, September 7-19, 2008 with Philadelphia.

THE SERIES

Washington has won only four of 19 series played in Miami since the beginning of the 2007 campaign. The Nationals swept a season-opening, three-game set at Nationals Park from the Marlins and outscored their division foes, 11-1, in the process. The Nationals and Marlins split 18 games last season despite Washington’s 20-12 advantage in home runs.

1 Comment

The Rick Ekstein hitting Cancer Curse Continues. No hitting leads to no support for deserving Pitchers. Desperate acts by players and errant decisions by players leading to losses. The time to stop protecting and covering for the massive ineptitude of the present Nationals hitting coach is absolutely unacceptable and needs to stop.

Harold G. Pavel

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