What to Watch for: 8.17.13
Washington Nationals (59-62) vs. Atlanta Braves (75-47)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.83) vs. LHP Mike Minor (12-5, 2.87)
Stephen Strasburg takes the hill in Atlanta, six days after his first career complete game and shutout, a four-hit, 99-pitch masterpiece over the Philadelphia Phillies in which he walked just one and struck out 10. Tonight will mark Strasburg’s 12th start vs. Atlanta, his most against any opponent. In his 11 previous career outings against the Braves, Strasburg owns a 3.43 ERA (22 ER/57.2 IP), 70 strikeouts and a 3.5/1 strikeout-to-walk rate.
1. Denard Span CF
2. Anthony Rendon 2B
3. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
4. Jayson Werth RF
5. Ian Desmond SS
6. Wilson Ramos C
7. Tyler Moore 1B
8. Scott Hairston LF
9. Stephen Strasburg RHP
AS THE ROTATION TURNS
Through the last turn of the Nationals rotation, no Washington starter has allowed more than a single earned run in his respective start, with only two total earned runs allowed over the five games (0.58 ERA):
Stephen Strasburg: 9.0 IP, 0 ER
Gio Gonzalez: 4.0 IP, 0 ER
Jordan Zimmermann: 6.0 IP, 1 ER
Dan Haren: 6.0 IP, 1 ER
Taylor Jordan: 6.0 IP, 0 ER
MOORE, TYLER PLEASE
Tyler Moore was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse before tonight’s game and is in the starting lineup at first base. During his 45-game stint with the Chiefs, Moore compiled a .312/.395/.584 slash line, blasting 10 home runs and plating a whopping 46 RBI. Since the All-Star break, those numbers have been even better (.371/.451/.676).
SOMETHING IN THE GULF
The Gulf Coast League Nationals are a stunning 42-8 (.840) this season, which began June 21. With 10 games remaining on the schedule, the GCL Nationals have a shot at setting a mark for best winning percentage recorded by a domestic Short season/Rookie League team. The 1979 Paintsville Yankees (52-13, .800) of the Rookie-level Appalachian League hold the current record.