Braves @ Nationals: Game Preview (7/22)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, July 22, 2012

Braves vs Nationals
1:35 PM Nationals Park

Story Lines:
  • The Nats are looking to split their 4 game series with the Braves with a win today.
  • With a win the Braves will be with in 1.5 games of taking over first place.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Jair Jurrjens
    • 3-3 with a 6.20 ERA.
    • Has give up 6 homeruns in 9 games.
    • Gave up 8 runs on 8 hits in 3.1 innings last start.
  • Ross Detwiler
    • 4-3 with a 3.15 ERA.
    • Has 2.3 strikeouts for every walk this season.
    • Pitched 7 scoreless innings last start, but was handed a no decision by the pen.
Who to Watch:
  • Martin Prado
    • Batting .538 lifetime against Detwiler.
    • Went 2-8 in yesterday's doubleheader.
    • Had no runs scored or RBIs yesterday.
  • Ryan Zimmerman
    • Batting .364 lifetime against Jurrjens.
    • Also has 5 RBIs and a homerun when facing Jurrjens.
    • Went 3-7 in yesterday's doubleheader.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Detwiler Goes 7. If Ross does, it will be the third Nats starter to do so.
  2. Ryan Zim Goes Yard.  Predicting that a Zim homer will decide this game.
  3. No Errors.  In the field or on the bases.  After a long day, staying mentally focused will be a challenge.  

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