Filed Under (Series Preview) by mrose at 3:30 PM on 08-13-2009
|The Washington Nationals(40-74, 5th in NL East 24.5GB) followed up their eight game winning streak by losing two games in a row by a combined 14-3 score.Â Whatever had gotten into their bats definitely made its way right back out during this past two game set against the Braves.Â They will now travel for Cincinnati to begin a four game set against the Reds and hope their hitting and pitching can go back to last week’s levels.Â In The Great American Ballpark, they certainly have a good chance of getting some hits, but the pitching could still struggle.Â CenterfieldGate has more information on the Nats, be sure to check them out.
The Cincinnati Reds(49-64, 5th in NL Central 13.5GB) are one of many teams who have already wrote off the season and you may even see more trades from.Â Oddly, they did make a few trades at the deadline, but unless they go on an insane winning streak, they will not sniff the playoffs.Â They will send a pitcher to the mound in this series that has been the subject of trade talks for a while, Bronson Arroyo and likely their closer Francisco Cordero will be seen too, who also has been in rumors.
Probable pitching matchups are below:
|Thursday @ 7:10PM EST – Balester,WAS(1-1,5.21 ERA) vs. Arroyo,CIN(10-11,5.04 ERA)|
| Friday @ 7:10PM EST – Mock,WAS(1-4,6.14 ERA) vs. Harang,CIN(6-13,4.43 ERA)
|Saturday @ 7:10PM EST – Martin,WAS(1-2,5.91 ERA) vs. Cueto,CIN(8-9,4.23 ERA)|
| Sunday @ 1:10PM EST – Lannan,WAS(8-9,3.58 ERA) vs. Lehr,CIN(2-0,1.80 ERA)