What to Watch for: 7.14.13

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Washington Nationals (47-47) vs. Miami Marlins (35-57)

RHP Taylor Jordan (0-2, 3.45) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 5.73)

The Nationals hope to end their final road trip before the All-Star break on a high note as they look for a Sunday matinee victory in Miami. Despite pitching well in his three appearances to date, Taylor Jordan is still seeking his first Major League win as he’ll be opposed by Henderson Alvarez, making his third Major League start of the season following two outings against Atlanta.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Harper LF

2. Rendon 2B

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Werth RF

6. Desmond SS

7. Span CF

8. Ramos C

9. Jordan RHP

BREAKING EVEN

At 47-47, the Nationals currently own a .500 record for the 19th time this year (excluding season-opening 0-0 record). In recent weeks, the Nationals have sported methodical 27-27, 28-28, 29-29, 31-31, 32-32, 33-33, 34-34, 36-36, 37-37, 38-38, 39-39, 40-40, 42-42 and 47-47 records.

RISP-Y BUSINESS

The Nationals are 2-for-36 (.056) with runners in scoring position during their current 1-5 road trip after going 12-for-35 (.343) with RISP during last weekend’s three-game home sweep of the Padres.

MORE JORDAN

Taylor Jordan makes his first career start in his home state of Florida, just a few hours south of where he was born and raised (Merritt Island). Despite allowing just six earned runs through his first three starts, Jordan has taken two losses and a no decision. The 24-year-old righty has been very solid through the first five innings (3 ER/14.1 IP, 1.88 ERA), but has struggled to get outs past that point so far (3 ER/1.1 IP, 20.25 ERA).

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