Aug. 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals batter Tyler Moore (57) grounded out to second in the second inning against Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE
• No Werth: Bryce Harper got the night off Saturday (or at least didn't start, he was in there late). Today, Jayson Werth gets a breather. Nats' skipper Davey Johnson's going with Tyler Moore, Bryce Harper and Michael Morse left to right in the outfield this afternoon against D-Backs' left-hander Patrick Corbin in the series finale in Arizona's Chase Field. Moore was 1 for 4 in last night's game, and Johnson's talked to reporters recently about wanting to get the 25-year-old outfielder more AB's since he hasn't gotten too many since Werth returned to the lineup. Moore has a .308/.400/.385 line so far in August, but that's over just 13 at bats. On the year, the '08 16th Round pick who (you might have heard this) hit 31 HR's in each of the last two seasons (2010-11), has a .295/.358/.509 line with six doubles and six home runs in 52 games and 123 plate appearances to go along with a .307/.374/.653 line, six doubles and nine home runs in 29 games and 115 PA's at Triple-A Syracuse. He'll be starting his 22nd game of the year with the Nats this afternoon:
Davey's Lineup-Sun. @ ARI/G115: Espinosa ss, Harper cf, Zimmerman 3b, Morse rf, LaRoche 1B, Moore lf, Suzuki c, Lombardozzi 2b, Detwiler lhp— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 12, 2012
• 8-Straight?: One other note. The Nationals have won eight games in a row, something they've now done four times since 2005. In 2011 and (6/10-6/18) and 2009 (8/2-8/9) the streak stopped at eight-straight. In '05, however, the Nationals won a ninth and tenth game for the longest winning streak they've recorded since baseball returned to the nation's capital. That 10-game streak tied the Montreal Expos' longest, but the first Washington Senators were able to win 17-straight from May 30-June 18th... in 1912. The Nationals have a ways to go before they top the nation's capital's longest winning streak.