The sprint to the finish starts tonight at 8:40 PM on the East. Jordan Zimmermann with a key start vs David Hale of the Rockies. The Nats should know these Rockies players fairly well after just facing them 10 days ago.
David Hale has a 3-4 record and is a righty with a 5.69 ERA. Most of us are familiar with Hale as the former Atlanta Brave. The 27 year old who went to Princeton is getting hit well by both lefties and righties this year at a .290+ clip by both!
This will be Hale’s 1st pitching appearance in August.
There is very little data of Nats facing Hale in the past in his 1 appearance but let’s just say Ian Desmond has 2 hits against him 2-2, and Bryce 1-2 and both JDub and RZim have 1-3 against him. Lobaton and Rendon went hitless in their only meeting against him.
The line-up for the Nats and your’re reading it correctly that Jayson Werth is batting leadoff tonight:
- Werth LF
- Espinosa 2B
- Harper RF
- Escobar 3B
- Desmond SS
- RZim 1B
- Taylor CF
- Ramos C
- J. Zimmermann P