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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).

Highlights: 7.13.13

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7.13.13 – Marlins 2, Nationals 1 (10 innings)

Stat of the Game: Dan Haren turned in one of his sharpest performances of the seasons, shutting out the Marlins on three hits and a walk over six innings, striking out seven.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Tyler Clippard turned in his eighth straight scoreless outing, over which he’s allowed a single hit and three walks with eight strikeouts.

It Was Over When: Ed Lucas beat out the back end of a potential inning-ending double play ball with the bases loaded to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory.

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.

Highlights: 7.12.13

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7.12.13 – Marlins 8, Nationals 3

Stat of the Game: Ross Ohlendorf tossed four scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out four.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Jayson Werth extended his hitting streak to nine games with a booming double off the left-field wall, just shy of a home run.

It Was Over When: The Marlins added two more runs in the second following their five-run first inning and the Nationals would get no closer.

Highlights: 4.17.13

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4.17.13 – Nationals 6, Marlins 1

Stat of the Game: With seven innings of one-run ball, Ross Detwiler became just the second pitcher in Nationals/Expos history to go at least six innings while allowing one or fewer runs in each of his first three starts of the season, joining Pedro Martinez.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Coming off a missed game to to the flu, Bryce Harper matched a career high with four hits, including an RBI infield single with two outs in the ninth.

It Was Over When: The Nationals bounced back from their only run allowed (on a questionable call in the bottom of the fifth inning) to score single runs in the sixth and seventh and put the game out of reach.

What to Watch for: 4.17.13

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Washington Nationals (8-6) vs. Miami Marlins (3-11)

LHP Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.12)

The Nationals look to wrap up their first road series victory of the 2013 season after splitting the first two games of the series. Washington is 4-1 so far this season vs. the Marlins.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Werth RF

2. Lombardozzi 2B

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman 3B

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Bernadina CF

8. Suzuki C

9. Detwiler LHP

EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The Nationals pace the NL as 40.2 percent of their hits have gone for extra bases. This season, Washington’s 117 hits include 27 doubles, two triples and 18 homers. Atlanta ranks second in the NL (38.6%).

IAN’S BEING … IAN

Ian Desmond paces all MLB middle infielders in extra-base hits with 10 (seven doubles, triple, two home runs). Desmond’s seven doubles are also tied for the MLB lead (all positions) with Seattle’s Kyle Seager.

GONE FISHIN’

With the series outcome on the line tonight, note that Washington has won only three of 18 series played in Miami since the beginning of the 2007 campaign. The Nationals and Marlins split 18 games last season despite Washington’s 20-12 advantage in home runs. Via a 10-8 mark in 2007, the Nationals/Expos franchise has won only one season series from the Marlins since ’98.

Highlights: 4.16.13

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4.16.13 – Nationals 10, Marlins 3

Stat of the Game: The Marlins third team home run of the year proved to be huge, opening up a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Steve Lombardozzi delivered two hits and an RBI in his second straight spot start off the bench. He has four hits, including two doubles, a run scored and two RBI this series.

It Was Over When: Following a four-run fourth frame, the Marlins added three more in the fifth to open up a 7-0 lead.

What to Watch for: 4.16.13

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Washington Nationals (8-5) vs. Miami Marlins (2-11)

RHP Dan Haren (1-1, 9.00) vs. RHP Alex Sanabia (1-1, 4.91)

The Nationals scored a season-high 10 runs to win the opening game of this series over the Marlins Monday night as Jordan Zimmermann tossed his first career nine-inning complete game. With Bryce Harper and Denard Span out due to stomach illness, Washington will lean on several members of the “Goon Squad” to deliver the offense today.

NATIONALS LINEUP:

1. Werth RF

2. Bernadina CF

3. Zimmerman 3B

4. LaRoche 1B

5. Desmond SS

6. Moore LF

7. Lombardozzi 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Haren RHP

CATCH THIS

Nationals catchers currently lead MLB with a .458 on-base percentage. Collectively, Nationals backstops Wilson Ramos (DL) and Kurt Suzuki (Jhonatan Solano has not played yet), are batting .333 (13-for-39) with three doubles, three home runs, six RBI, eight walks and six runs scored.

DESMOND IN THE ROUGH

Ian Desmond’s nine extra-base hits (six doubles, triple, two home runs) are tied with Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips and Oakland’s Jed Lowrie for the MLB lead among middle infielders. Desmond’s six doubles are also tied for the MLB lead (all positions) with eight other players.

CATCHING CAP

Davey Johnson and his 1294 career managerial wins appear poised to move into the top 30 all-time in the coming days. Johnson currently ranks 31st on the all-time list and trails Hall-of-Famer Cap Anson, who posted 1295 wins and a .578 winning percentage in 21 seasons (1875, 1879-98) primarily as a player/manager with the Phillies, White Sox, Chicago Colts and Giants. Before the season ends, Johnson has a strong chance to also catch and surpass Hall-of-Famer Ned Hanlon (#29, 1313 wins) and Chuck Tanner (#28, 1352 wins).

Bouncing Back Big

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Early in a young season, teams are still settling into the flow of the campaign, still forming the identities that will define them over the course of 162 games. A quick glance at Washington’s results through the first couple weeks may lead one to wonder what kind of team these 2013 Nationals truly are. But before jumping to any conclusions, positive or negative, take heed from someone who knows best.

“You’re never as bad as you look when you lose, and never as good as you look when you win,” said skipper Davey Johnson after the weekend series against the Braves.

He echoed that sentiment after Monday night’s 10-3, series-opening thrashing of the Marlins.

Jordan Zimmermann steadied the ship and gave the bullpen a day off.

Jordan Zimmermann steadied the ship and gave the bullpen a day off.

“You know, we don’t live in the past,” he said. “We don’t worry too much about things. We take it one day at a time, and this was a perfect example.”

The Nationals snapped out of their weekend funk with a roaring first inning, scoring four runs before Jordan Zimmermann ever took the mound. They added on with two more in the third, fourth and fifth to open up a 10-0 advantage behind their workmanlike third ace, who delivered his first-ever, nine-inning complete game. While it was a big game to reverse momentum and preserve the bullpen, it was only fitting that the even-keeled Zimmermann controlled the tempo throughout. Nevertheless, he allowed himself to relish in his accomplishment.

“It means a lot,” he said of his 103-pitch performance. “It means I’m doing my job, staying in the game, putting up zeroes. That’s the kind of pitcher I want to be. I want to be a workhorse.”

Zimmermann, who was the first Nationals starter to two wins, now leads the team and shares the league lead with three, to go along with his 2.45 ERA. After getting precious little run support through much of his 12-win campaign last year, he has been the beneficiary of 21 runs of offense through his first three outings this season.

“It seems like we all hit better when Jordan pitches,” said Ian Desmond, whose 4-for-5 night raised his average to .320 for the season. “Last year, we didn’t hit for him. This year, we’re hitting for him.”

Zimmermann will not finish the year 33-0 with a win in every start. The Nationals will not win every game they play against Miami this season, nor lose every one against Atlanta. It is important to keep perspective, especially considering this – entering play on June 4 last season, 39 games farther into the campaign than they currently sit, the Nationals were in a three-way tie for first place with Miami and the New York Mets. Seriously, see for yourself.

Regardless of how much stock you want to put in a single game’s outcome, though, it was a good night to get a win and get back on track.

Highlights: 4.15.13

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4.15.13 – Nationals 10, Marlins 3

Stat of the Game: Ryan Zimmerman‘s first home run of the season gave him four RBI for the evening, making him the team leader in that category with 11 on the year.

Under-the-Radar Performance: Needing just 103 pitches to do so, Jordan Zimmermann notched his first career nine-inning complete game.

It Was Over When: The Nationals scored four times in the first inning and never looked back on the way to their largest offensive output of the young season.

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