Nationals @ Orioles: Game Preview (6/23)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nationals vs. Orioles
7:15 PM Orioles Park at Camden Yards
Story Lines:
  • With their win last night, the O's are 3 for 4 in this years Beltway Series.
  • The Nat's lineup continues to waste quality starters by their pitchers.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Edwin Jackson
    • 3-4 with a 3.02 ERA.
    • Only 2 players on the Orioles are batting above .200 lifetime against Jackson.
    • Has given up the 2nd most homers (8) and walks (25) on the team.
  • Wei-Yin Chen
    • 7-2 with a 3.36 ERA.
    • First year in MLB/America in general.
    • Gave up 6 runs in 4.1 innings last time out against the Nats.
Guys to Watch:
  • Bryce Harper
    • Went 2-3 with a triple and 2 RBIs in the first game vs Chen.
    • Only Strasburg has a better average against Chen, he went 2-2 that game.
    • Will be pressing to break an 0-8 slump at the plate.
  • Brian Roberts
    • Faced Jackson 21 times with a .200 average.
    • Has also walked 6 times against Jackson.
    • Is batting .270 since returning from his lengthy DL stint with a concussion.
Keys to the Game:
  1. SOMEBODY show up in the 2-5 spot.  The lack of mid-lineup production is killing us.
  2. Swing away.  Chen is a contact pitcher who frequently gives up 6+ hits a game.
  3. Limit the Walks.  Free passes will make the homeruns hurt much worse.

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