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GameThread: Washington @ Philadelphia - 2008 Game 4 of 162.

"Rutgers' Own" Jason Bergmann gets his first start of the season in the Washington Nationals' fourth game of 2008. The Philadelphia Phillies welcomed the Nationals to Citizens Bank Ballpark Monday night in the Home Opener, but at this point they'd probably rather have Washington move on as the Phils look to salvage a win and avoid being swept in three straight in the first series of the season. The Phillies turn to "Old Man Jamie Moyer and His Bag of Slow Tricks" to right the poor start the defending NL East champs have found themselves off to...

Bergmann's (0-2) in 5 starts against Philadelphia, with a 3.86 ERA against the Phillies in his three-year MLB career. The twenty-six year old right-handed starter out of Neptune, NJ has given up 25 hits, 13 ER, 11 walks, and 2 HR's to Philly batters while striking out 25 in 30.1 innings of work. Bergmann was (2-2) with a 2.08 ERA in 5 starts and 21.2 IP this Spring, and he starts his fourth full season in the Majors at .500 with an (8-8) record in 28 starts and 65 appearances, over which he's allowed 99 hits, 57 ER, 18 HR's and 42 walks with 161 K's and a 5.00 ERA in 199.2 IP.

"Old Man" Moyer? Mr. Moyer's been plying his trade since '86 when he broke in with the Cubs, and he's developed and refined his "Bag of Slow Tricks" over 21 seasons, compiling a career record of (230-178) in 551 starts, 604 games and 3,550.1 innings on the hill, surviving on subterfuge and the illusion of speed, as he's collected 2,125 K's and a 4.21 career ERA.

Against the Nationals/Expos Moyer is (6-4) in 14 starts and last season the veteran lefty was (2-0) with a 2.33 ERA and 6 K's in 3 starts, allowing 15 hits and 5 ER's in 19.1 IP against DC in Moyer's first full year in Philadelphia after having arrived the previous season in a trade from Seattle in return for two Minor Leaguers.

Phillies' Batters' #'s Against Jason Bergmann:

Ryan Howard - 1 for 2, 1 HR, 4 RBI's, 6 walks, 3 K's.

Geoff Jenkins - 1 for 3, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Chase Utley - 2 for 13, .154 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

Nationals' Batters' #'s Against Jamie Moyer's "Bag of Slow Tricks":

Ronnie Belliard - 6 for 23, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI's, 7 K's.

Austin Kearns - 3 for 7, .429 AVG, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB.

???'s for DC Baseball Fans:

Felipe Lopez in left? Are the Nationals serious? Jim Bowden confirmed the Lopez Experiment last night on the game broadcast, but I'll wait until I see the official lineup before I believe it.

Will DY, Jesus Flores, and Aaron Boone gets their first starts of the season in the day game after a night game? Manager Manny Acta might want to start Paul Lo Duca against Jamie Moyer though, Lo Duca's posted a .357 AVG against Moyer in the catchers' career, going 5 for 14 with 4 RBI's. Jesus Flores' #'s against Moyer?...0 for 4 with 3 K's. How the knees feeling Lo Duca?

Can Jason Bergmann continue the string of successful starts for Nationals' pitchers and lead Washington to a 4-0 record?

Will Philly fans call for Charlie Manuel's firing if they lose the first three games of their season?