Game three of three in RFK Stadium, Washington, DC features:
Sergio Mitre (5-8, 4.57) vs Tim Redding (3-5, 3.27)
The Washington Nationals have won four straight to take four of five on the current homestand which ends tonight with the third of three against the visiting Florida Marlins.
Jesus "The Future" Flores sent everyone home happy last night with a walk-off hit to score two in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 Washington win after starter Shawn Hill and the Nationals bullpen kept the team within reach of the Marlins.
Tonight, the Nationals hitters will face right hander Sergio Mitre, who lasted 7.2 innings, allowing 6 hits and 2 runs last time out against Washington in a 5-2 Marlins win in Miami. With three losses and three no-decisions in his last six starts, Mitre has been struggling through August.
In his last four starts Mitre's surrendered 38 hits and 23 runs, and he hasn't made it out of the fifth in his last two road starts. In six career appearances against the Nationals franchise, Mitre has thrown 16.2 innings, allowing 13 hits, 9 runs, and 7 walks while striking out 11. It's up to Mitre to help the Marlins avoid getting swept out of DC.
The Nationals throw Tim Redding, who is (3-0) in his career against the Marlins in four starts, though he has yet to face Florida this season. The Nationals have lost in Redding's last two starts in Colorado and at home against the Giants, in the only game Washington's dropped on this homestand, but...Redding's (3-1) in his career in September.
The numbers only tell you so much, but this much is for sure, the Teddy Roosevelt bobblehead will not win the President's Race...
Anyone? Anyone? Anyone watching?...