Nats-Astros live game thread

Nats-Astros live game thread
April 18, 2012, 8:07 pm
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Uh-oh, that's not an encouraging sight: The tarp is covering the infield here at Nationals Park, and the forecast is calling for rain showers throughout the afternoon and evening. Tough to say at this point if it'll be bad enough to cause a delay or even a postponement. If the rain continues to fall as lightly as it has all day, they should be OK to play through it.

If and when they do play, Jordan Zimmermann will take the mound for the Nationals, seeking to become the final member of the starting rotation to earn a win. Not that the right-hander hasn't deserved two W's already, having allowed one earned run in seven innings in both of his two starts to date. Unfortunately, Zimmermann has once again been the victim of terrible run support, as was too often the case last year.

Fellow right-hander Lucas Harrell, who has pitched well so far, gets the start for the Astros. It's obviously still early in the season, but the Nationals have a golden opportunity tonight to create some separation between themselves and the rest of the NL East. The Mets already lost to the Braves this afternoon, which means a win tonight would leave the Nats 2 12 games up on everyone else in the division.

Plenty of updates -- game and weather -- to come, so please check

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: WFED (1500 AM), WHFS (1580 AM), XM 188
Weather: Showers, 57 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF

SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
CF Rick Ankiel
C Wilson Ramos
LF Roger Bernadina
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

ASTROS (4-7)
CF Jordan Schafer
SS Jed Lowrie
LF Travis Buck
1B Carlos Lee
RF Brian Bogusevic
3B Chris Johnson
C Jason Castro
2B Marwin Gonzalez
RHP Lucas Harrell

HP Tim Tschida (cc), 1B Chris Conroy, 2B Jeff Nelson, 3B Bill Welke