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Game Thread: Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants- 2008 Game 101 of 162. "Game 4 Of The Washington Nationals' Collin Balester Era."

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On The Hill...

San Francisco starter Kevin Correia's started 10 games this season and appeared in 11 for the Giants. The 27-year-old right hander is just (1-5), with a 5.81 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, .286 BAA, and 60 hits allowed in 52.2 innings pitched, over which he's given up 34 ER's, 8 HR's and 26 walks while striking out 35. Correia's faced the Nationals 8 times in his six MLB seasons as a Giant, with a (1-1) record and a 2.55 ERA in 17.2 IP against the DC franchise.

At home in AT&T Park this season, Correia's (1-2) with a 5.26 ERA in 25.2 innings, a 1.40 WHIP and a .265 BAA, with his one '08 win coming in San Francisco back on April 10th against the Cardinals. Over his career, Correia's (6-7) in Frisco, with 20 starts, 73 appearances, a 4.31 ERA and 117 K's in 163.0 innings pitched in front of the Bay Area fans...

Some of the AT&T Park crowd will no doubt be cheering for Correia's opponent on the mound, DC righty (and Huntington Beach, CA native) Collin Balester, (1-2) who is all of 3 starts into his MLB career, with a win in his MLB Debut and two losses to follow, during which the 22-year old right hander has posted a 5.87 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a .254 BAA. Two of Balester's three starts with DC have come on the road, in Florida, (the debut win), and Cincinnati, where Balester pitched 5.2 innings, and allowed 4 hits, 5 ER's, 1 HR and 3 walks...

Nationals' #'s Against Kevin Correia...

Austin Kearns - 2 for 7, .286 AVG, 2 HR's, 2 RBI's, .375 OBP, 1.143 SLG, 1.518 OPS.

Ryan Langerhans - 1 for 1, 1.000 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI's, 2 BB.

Balester Breakdown...

Balester vs Lefties - .217 BAA, 1.88 WHIP, 1 HR in 5.1 IP, 5 hits, 5 BB, 3 K's.

Balester vs Righties - .275 BAA, 1.20 WHIP, 1 HR in 10.0 IP, 11 hits, 1 BB, 6 K's.

DC Roster Shuffle...

With former DC closer Jon Rauch already fitted for an extra-long D-Backs' uniform and out on the mound before some Nationals' fans had even realized he'd been traded, the Nationals made a move to replace Rauch's arm in the Nationals' bullpen, assigning Emilio Bonifacio to Triple-AAA Columbus and recalling another former D-Backs' prospect, right-handed hurler Garrett Mock to the Washington roster, where, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson's article entitled, " Nats recall right-hander Mock":

"The Nationals are planning to use Mock in the bullpen for the time being. Manager Manny Acta said the organization still considers Mock a starter."

If the Nationals do still think of Mock as a starter as Acta's quoted stating above, what do you think about effectively "wasting" innings on his arm by using Mock out of the DC bullpen instead of...say...letting him start in the Triple-AAA playoffs, where he could gain important big-game experience? Why bring up Mock instead of Clippers' reliever?

Mock, however, will not be replacing Jon Rauch as the Nationals' closer...That job is being given, for the time being, to "Wild" Joel Hanrahan, as the readers of federalbaseball.com once again correctly predicted in a poll that was started as soon as news of the Rauch trade broke and before Washington's official announcement about their ninth-inning plans...

When will Hanrahan get his first chance to close? Is there some chance of the fans negotiating about Hanrahan's closer music? Brooks and Dunn? Anyway...Game time is 10:15 live out of San Francisco, California's AT&T Park, for the second of this three game series between the Nationals and Giants. DC's Road Trip after 4 games...(2-2). Will it be the Balester who dominated when he debuted? Or the Balester who struggled in his second and third starts in the Majors? Balester's back in California? Zimmerman's back at third...and federalbaseball.com is back and ready to watch the Nationals...Who's watching the Nationals?