Nationals @ Orioles: Game Preview (6/24)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nationals vs. Orioles
1:35 PM Orioles Park at Camden Yards

Story Lines:
  • Ross Detwiler is making his first start since being replace by Wang.
  • Ryan Zimmerman admits his fielding/batting woes are in part because of an injured shoulder.
  • This is the rubber game of the three game series.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Ross Detwiler
    • 4-3 with a 3.34 ERA.
    • Has only given up 2 earned runs since being moved to the bullpen.
    • Gave up 6 runs last time he faced the Orioles.
  • Jake Arrieta
    • 3-9 with a 5.83 ERA.
    • Has managed to pitch 7 strong innings his last two starts.
    • Gave up 1 run in 7 innings last time he faced the Nationals.
Who to Watch:
  • Ian Desmond
    • Batting .258 with 4 RBIs since June 15th.
    • Has produced hits with 2 outs reliably.
    • Recorded an unassisted double play last night.
    • Is batting .286 with a homerun against Arrieta in 8 at bats.
  • Robert Andino
    • Since Roberts return, has seen his playing time drastically reduced.
    • Has faced Detwiler 5 times with a .400 average and 2 RBIs.
    • Gives the Orioles another base stealing threat to their lineup.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Detwiler Goes Deep.   The most he has pitched out of the pen is 3.2 innings and 48 pitches.
  2. Limit the Long Ball.  Det's gave up 2 homers against the birds last time, a season high.
  3. Force the Issue on the Bases.  The Nat's have scored the past two games because of throwing errors. 

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