State of the Nats-5/6

State of the Nats-5/6
May 6, 2013, 9:00 am
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Team Record: 17-15 (8-8)

N.L. East Standings

 
Offensive Game of the Week: Ryan Zimmerman 5/4 vs. Pirates – 1-for-2 with 3 R, 3B, 2 BB, HBP
 
Pitching Line of the Week:  Jordan Zimmermann 5/1 vs. Braves – 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 SO, 107 pitches (72 strikes)
 
Top Storylines
 
Jayson Werth’s hamstring – Last year it was obliques that Nats players kept going down with, this year it’s hamstrings. The Nats’ right fielder missed the team’s weekend series against the Pirates, but is not expected to need time on the disabled list. Luckily the team has two days off this week to help Werth get back in mix.
 
Davey holds team meeting – The Nats have won two straight games after Davey’s team meeting in Pittsburgh and are still only two games back from Atlanta. But as we’ve already seen this season, the mood can change quickly. What does Davey do next if they start slipping again?
 
LaRoche starting to hit – After an unfortunate April, LaRoche has started May off nicely and has hits in his last four games, progress is finally starting to show. He was a huge part of their run last season and could help lead the team back to first place as well as anybody. We’ll see if he can keep it up.
 
Quote of the Week
 
Davey Johnson on taking batting practice for the first time in 30 years: “I wanted to see if it was still that hard to hit a baseball.”
 
Tweet of the Week
 
 
Road Ahead
 
Mon. – Off
Tue. - 7:05 p.m. vs. Detroit Tigers (Zimmermann)
Wed. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Detroit Tigers (Haren)
Thu. – Off
Fri. – 7:05 p.m. vs. Chicago Cubs (Detwiler)
Sat. – 4:05 p.m. vs. Chicago Cubs (Strasburg)
Sun. – 1:35 p.m. vs. Chicago Cubs (Gonzalez)