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Washington Nationals
@ Atlanta Braves

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT
Turner Field

Scott Olsen vs Jair Jurrjens

Mostly sunny. Game time temperature around 65.

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The Washington Nationals might want to hope that the Atlanta Braves are happy with winning two of three at home, because if they go with all the regulars this afternoon, the Nationals might be heading back to DC 0-6...

Olsen vs Atlanta

It's not pretty. In 10 starts and 1 relief appearance over 4 seasons with Florida prior to his arrival in DC, Scott Olsen is (2-4) with 59 hits, 42 runs, 12 HR's and 24 walks allowed in 51.0 IP against Atlanta, in which he's collected 45 K's and put up a 6.71 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP and had the Braves hit at a .287 clip when the 25-year-old left-hander's on the hill...

Scott Olsen vs The Braves...

Matt Diaz - 8 for 18, .444 AVG, 2 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI's.

Jeff Francoeur - 6 for 26, .231 AVG, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI's.

Chipper Jones - 12 for 21, .571 AVG, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR's, 12 RBI's.

Brian McCann - 5 for 18, .278 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI's.

Jurrjens vs Washington...

4 of Jair Jurrjens' first 39 MLB starts have come against the Washington Nationals, and the 23-year-old native of Willemstad, Curacao is (1-1) with a 3.70 ERA in 24.1 IP against DC, having given up 21 hits, 10 ER and 7 walks. Jurrjens has 21 K's, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP against the Nationals, who've hit just .236 against the Braves' right-hander.

0-6?

The Montreal Expos lost the first four games of the 1970 season and ten of their first eleven that year. The '73 Expos started the season 0-2 and then beat the Chicago Cubs in the series finale. In 1975 Montreal lost five of the first six after they'd won the season opener. In 1978 it was three straight losses before the Expos beat the New York Mets, and Montreal had two-straight losses to start the 1980 season, five-straight in '87, two in 1990 and two in '92, but only once before in the history of the franchise now known as the Washington Nationals, has the team lost more than the five games that they've lost to start the 2009 season. In 1998, a Montreal Expos' team that featured Michael Barrett, Orlando Cabrera, Vladimir Guerrero and Javier Vazquez, dropped seven-straight to begin a long season that ended with the Expos in 4th in the NL East at 67-95.

It could be worse, I suppose, the 1962 Senators were 2-0 before they lost their first game, and they proceeded to lose thirteen straight and fifteen out of sixteen...You have to go as far back as 1946 to find a DC-based franchise that's even lost four. But the Washington Nationals will be trying to avoid the sixth straight this afternoon, and if not, then their seventh on Monday in front of the DC Faithful in '09 Home Opener...

Today it's at a 1:35 pm EST start. Scott Olsen vs Jair Jurrjens. The Nationals try to avoid getting swept in two-straight series. Can Zim go deep again. Man, that Adam Dunn can walk. Will Lastings Milledge find his swing?

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Will The Washington Nationals Head Home To DC 0-6 or 1-5?

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  • 76%
    0-6, Coming Up...
    (20 votes)
  • 23%
    1-5, DC Heads Home With A Win...
    (6 votes)
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