Nationals @ Orioles: Game Preview (6/22)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Friday, June 22, 2012

Nationals vs. Orioles
7:05 PM Orioles Park at Camden Yards

Story Lines:  
  • The Orioles have lost 3 straight games and fallen into second place in the AL East.  
  • The Nationals rebounded from their 4 game losing streak with two wins against Tampa Bay.  
  • Both teams are having difficulty putting up offensive numbers right now.
  • The last Beltways series the Nats only won 1 game out of 3 in Washington.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Jordan Zimmermann
    •  3-5, 2.92 ERA
    • Cannot buy a win despite solid pitching.  
    • All his wins have come on the road.
  • Jason Hammel
    • 7-2, 2.87 ERA
    • Frequently pitches deep into games, last time out he went all 9 innings.
    • Has lost a No Hitter in the late innings multiple times this season.
Guys to Watch:
  • Ryan Zimmerman
    • Get it going!  Only hitting .125 since June 15th.
    • Has faced Hammel more than any other Orioles pitcher (19 at bats).
    • Bats .412 vs Hammel with 1 homerun.
  • Adam Jones
    • Get it going!  Hitting .250 with 0 RBIs since June 15th.
    • Has faced Zimmermann the most out of any Orioles (9 at bats).
    • Bats .222 vs Zimmermann with 1 homerun.

Keys to the Game:
  1. J-Zimm pitches 7 innings. Get the game to Burnett/T-clip 1-2 punch.
  2. Get to Hammel early.  Hammel is good, but the O's have one of the best bullpens in baseball.
  3. Keep guys off base.  The O's have homerun threats up and down their lineup and J-zimm has given up the most homers on the team (10).  Limit them to solo shots.

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