May 15, 2015, 7:05 PM EDT
With the just-announced news of Doug Fister going on the DL with right forearm tightness, the Nationals need quality starts now more than ever. Jordan Zimmermann can help get them back on track tonight when he takes the mound at Petco Park for the second game of this four-game series.
Zimmermann has battled some of the same inconsistencies that have plagued other members of the Nats rotation early this season, but he’s been pretty good lately, with a 3.06 ERA in his last five starts.
The regular lineup will be out there tonight against Padres right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, who was roughed up by Arizona in his last start to the tune of eight runs and 10 hits in five innings.
As you know, I’m not in San Diego this weekend, but please keep the conversation going here and check back in the morning for some remote analysis…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park, San Diego
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 61 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from LF
CF Denard Span
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Jordan Zimmermann
2B Cory Spangenberg
CF Abraham Almonte
RF Matt Kemp
LF Justin Upton
C Derek Norris
1B Yangervis Solarte
3B Will Middlebrooks
SS Clint Barmes
RHP Odrisamer Despaigne
HP Pat Hoberg
1B Gerry Davis (cc)
2B Phil Cuzzi
3B Tony Randazzo
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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