The Beltway Gladys Noon Spellman Parkway Series, Game Three.
Thank you, Nats, for helping us to forget our lameness at the hands of the Fish, after our AWESOMENESS in Philly.
A win today would mean the Orioles have swept two out of their last three series. Yeah, it's just a statistic, but it sounds impressive, doesn't it? If you just forget those three widdle games in the middle.
A win would also put us back within 5 games of .500 ball. With a difficult week coming up (three vs Boston at home, then four against TLAAACCSUSAWH on the road, whence yours truly will be at two of the four games), it would be nice to have some momentum to carry into July.
Lannan has been dealin' for the Nats lately. He's 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his last 4 starts. His most recent game was against Boston, in which he threw 109 pitches. Hint to Adam Jones: let some pitches go by and tire this guy out.
Koji's trip to the DL means another opportunity for David Hernandez, whose ML debut occured the first time Uehara was injured. Hernandez has been kind of meh in the show, but he's fared much better at Norfolk, with a better-than 4-1 K/BB rate, and a sensational WHIP of 1.05. Normally I'd say these stats don't count because this is The Show, but then I reconsider and remember that the Nats are basically a AAA team.
Oh, yes, thank you, I've JINXED IT NOW, the Orioles will lose because I was arrogant in a blog post.
06/28/09 1:35 PM EDT
|Washington Nationals||Baltimore Orioles|
|Willie Harris - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Cristian Guzman - SS||Ty Wigginton - 2B|
|Nick Johnson - 1B||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Ryan Zimmerman - 3B||Aubrey Huff - 1B|
|Adam Dunn - DH||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Josh Willingham - LF||Luke Scott - DH|
|Elijah Dukes - RF||Oscar Salazar - 3B|
|Anderson Hernandez - 2B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Wil Nieves - C||Robert Andino - SS|
|2009 - John Lannan||4-5||15||15||1||0||0||0||91.2||91||41||35||12||34||45||3.44||1.36|
|2009 - David Hernandez||1-1||3||2||0||0||0||0||13.2||19||6||6||0||5||9||3.95||1.76|