Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Randy Johnson vs Jordan Zimmermann
Cloudy. Game time temperature around 75.
?'s For The DC Faithful...
• Would You Rather See History Made At The Nationals' Expense, Or See A Second Straight Win?
• Do You Want Elijah Dukes In Right Or Center?
• Was Randy St. Claire The Last To Go? Or The First?
• Can The Nationals Get Through A Game Without An Error?
Randy Johnson Is Going To Stare At You Now...
#51 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants
Sep 10, 1963
'09 Stats - (4-4, 5.71 ERA), 54 K's, 52.0 IP, 56 H, 33 R, 33 ER, 10 HR, 19 BB, 1.44 WHIP, .279 AVG.
vs DC - 10 GS, (4-3, 2.99 ERA), 3 CG, 72.1 IP, 69 H, 26 R, 24 ER, 7 HR, 14 BB, 101 K's.
Nationals Stand In The Way Of History...
3 of the 299. Randy Johnson, the Montreal Expos' 2nd Round pick, 36th overall in the 1985 Draft, was born in Walnut Creek, California and drafted out of USC, and he recorded just 3 of his 299 career victories in a Montreal uniform before he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 1989 along with pitcher Gene Harris and Brian Holman in return for Mark Langston. Twenty-one seasons, 4091.1 innings, 100 complete games, 37 shutouts, 4,843 K's, 33 balks, 106 wild pitches, 188 hit batters, 1 hit bird, 1 pushed camera man and 1 funny cameo at the end of a commercial later, Randy Johnson stands to become one of the last pitchers who'll reach the 300 win plateau, since the game has changed so much that any young pitcher today doing so seems improbable...But that doesn't mean I want him getting his 300th "W" in Nationals Park...
Before his start against DC earlier this year on May 11th, Johnson hadn't faced the DC/Monteal franchise that brought him into baseball since 2004, when the then-D-Back dropped a 4-0 decision to the Expos' right-hander Livan Hernandez. When the Nationals visited AT&T Park for a 3-game series from May 11th-13th, Johnson matched up against right-hander Daniel Cabrera, who has since left the Nationals' rotation and roster, so this time Johnson gets DC righty Jordan Zimmerman, who's looking for the third win of his own major league career...
Zimmermann's been looking for that third win since April 26th when he beat the Mets in Citi Field, but he's lost two of his last six starts with four no-decisions, and Washington's 1-5 with their 23-year-old right-hander on the mound over that stretch, which includes a May 12th outing in San Francisco in which Zimmermann gave up 7 hits and 5 ER. Overall in May, Zimmermann's given up 42 hits, 28 ER and 11 BB in 34.2 IP in which he's collected 29 K's and posted a 7.27 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and a .302 BAA.
The Nationals vs Randy Johnson...
Ronnie Belliard - 5 for 23, .217 AVG, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 7 K's.
Elijah Dukes - 1 for 3, .333 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Adam Dunn - 1 for 12, .083 AVG, 7 K's.
Nick Johnson - 1 for 5, .200 AVG, 1 BB, 3 K's.
Austin Kearns - 2 for 5, .400 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Ryan Zimmerman - 2 for 3, .667 AVG, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
DC Starting Lineup...(courtesy of Washington Post writer Chico Harlan.)
- Anderson "Dancing Elvis" Hernandez - 2B
- Nick "Two-Spot" Johnson - 1B
- THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!! - 3B
- The Big Walky - LF
- Elijah "Super" Dukes - CF
- Austin Kearns - RF
- Alberto "The General" Gonzalez - SS
- Wil "Blocker" Nieves - C
- The Kid They Call Zim(n)!! - Dialin' It Up To 95mph!!!
Sorry, But Do You Ever Get Tired Of That? No? But You Laugh At Lincecum's Commercial Each Time?
Check the NatCast if you're heading to Nationals Park...
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