May 17, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) is congratulated by second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Lineups: Haren Hopes To Deliver Series Win

After last night’s offensive debacle, the Nats are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of offense. Unfortunately, tonight’s stone does not look particularly promising. In addition to missing Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, the Nationals will rest Ian Desmond today, who is 2-24 (.083) in the Nats’ last seven games. An unfortunate consequence of this is that the Nationals now have three offense starters who are hitting under .170. In fact, today’s pitcher, Dan Haren, has a better batting average (.188) this season than Tyler Moore, Roger Bernadina, and Danny Espinosa. Never say never, but tonight’s lineup doesn’t look poised to score a ton. Haren (4-4, 4.76) has been better than his ERA indicates, with a 3.00 ERA and two quality starts in his last three. His opponent, Andrew Cashner (2-2, 2.84), has been even better, allowing one run in his last two starts (14.2 IP). Cashner is a fireballer, with a 95.3 MPH average fastball, which is not a recipe for success with three struggling hitters. Here are today’s lineups:


Denard Span CF

Steve Lombardozzi 2B

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Adam LaRoche 1B

Moore LF

Bernadina RF

Espinosa SS

Kurt Suzuki C

Haren RHP

San Diego

Everth Cabrera SS

Will Venable RF

Chase Headley 3B

Carlos Quentin LF

Yonder Alonso 1B

Jedd Gyorko 2B

Kyle Blanks RF

Nick Hundley C

Cashner RHP

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