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Game 63: Nats at Giants

Jun 10, 2014, 6:49 PM EDT

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We’ve said plenty about this remarkable run the Nationals are currently on, citing all the stats that have accompanied it, but the real question all along has been how long this run can continue. Especially against a tough opponent like the Giants and an opposing pitcher like Madison Bumgarner.

The 24-year-old lefty has been among the NL’s best pitchers so far this season, entering tonight’s game with an 8-3 record, a 2.68 ERA and a lights-out, 90-to-18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. (Of course, the Nationals’ rotation knows a thing or two about dominant strikeout-to-walk ratios, having recorded 47 K’s since their last base on balls seven games ago.)

Two bits of good news from the Nationals’ perspective entering this game: Anthony Rendon is back in the lineup after missing three days with a bruised right hand, and the Nats have feasted on left-handed pitching this season. They enter the game with a .287 batting average and .346 on-base percentage against southpaws (both second-best in the majors to the Rockies).

Enjoy the game and the conversation, and be sure to check in the morning for analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where:
AT&T Park
Gametime: 10:15 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 60 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (33-29)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Doug Fister

GIANTS (42-22)
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
1B Michael Morse
LF Gregor Blanco
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Brandon Hicks
LHP Madison Bumgarner

UMPIRES
HP Alfonso Marquez
1B Phil Cuzzi
2B Gerry Davis (cc)
3B Quinn Wolcott

356 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. veejh - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Nighty night fellow Natties. Feeling good about the rest of this series.

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    Glad to be proven wrong! Nice win!

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:02 AM

      Author needs to do more research on our starters.

  3. Pete "Hit 'n Run" Wood - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    I’m losing too much sleep with the nats in SF, but this streak is too good to miss!

  4. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Just woke up and first thing I did was check in here and inadvertently hit the “report comment” again. Man, is that thing in a bad spot for me when I’m using my IPad. I do it a lot, and have never done it on purpose. Sorry, Mark and Chase, but not only is it in a bad spot, but it is really sensitive. And it doesn’t take a double click, either.
    Anyway thanks for the link, NL.

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
-------------------------
SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

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ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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