Having reached .500 last night, the Nationals will attempt to sweep the Seattle Mariners this afternoon and give themselves a winning record today. They’ve won 10 of 11 games and 15 of 21, riding a newfound homefield advantage. The Nationals are 21-13 at Nationals Park, the third-best home record in the majors behind the Phillies and Brewers.
Of those 15 wins recent, they have scored two runs in six. They may have to squeak out another low-scoring game against Mariners rookie right-hander Michael Pineda, who in his first 14 career games is 7-4 with a 2.64 ERA. Pineda throws in the mid-to-high 90s and strikes an imposing figure on the mound.
The Nationals will counter with Jason Marquis, who leads the Nats with seven wins but allowed 12 hits in a no-decision his last start. As always, talk about the game righ there.