Jun 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Strasburg Seeks Sweep Of San Diego


After yesterday’s close win, the Nats will gun for their first sweep of any team since they took two from the Detroit Tigers two months ago. They are lucky to be behind Stephen Strasburg this afternoon, who has been red hot. He has baseball’s best ERA, at 1.29, since May 11th. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in a start in that span, and threw eight one-run innings against the Padres on May 16th. However, the Nats are 4-5 in those past nine games, and Strasburg is last in baseball in run support received. Padres starter Robbie Erlin began the season as a reliever before moving to the rotation, and is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA. Here are this afternoon’s lineups:

Washington

Denard Span CF

Ian Desmond SS

Bryce Harper LF

Ryan Zimmerman 3B

Jayson Werth RF

Anthony Rendon 2B

Tyler Moore 1B

Wilson Ramos C

Strasburg RHP

San Diego

Everth Cabrera SS

Will Venable CF

Carlos Quentin LF

Chase Headley 3B

Jesus Guzman 1B

Kyle Blanks RF

Nick Hundley C

Alexi Amarista 2B

Erlin LHP

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