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Nationals' Lineup Behind Jordan Zimmermann For Finale Of Four-Game Set With Phillies

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The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies meet in the finale of the Nats' four-game set in Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 pm EDT with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound against Phillies' right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Can the Nats earn a split?

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Jordan Zimmermann is (9-0) in 11 starts at home in Nationals Park in 2013, but just (3-3) in seven starts away from the nation's capital where the Washington Nationals' All-Star right-hander has an ERA (3.88) over two runs higher than it is at home (1.75). (FIP = 2.76 in DC, 3.87 Away). The Nationals' 27-year-old starter hasn't pitched in Citizens Bank Park yet this season.

Over the course of his career, the Nats' 2007 2nd Round pick is (1-2) with a 5.79 ERA in Philadelphia with four home runs, six walks and nine runs allowed in 14.0 IP in the Phillies' home. Just one of Zimmermann's last seven starts has taken place out of Washington, D.C. Over that stretch, he's held opposing hitters to a .211/.250/.349 line, while going (4-0) with the Nationals 7-0 with him on the mound since June 4th. His last loss came on the road, however, when the Baltimore Orioles collected 10 hits, three home runs and seven runs total in 6.0 innings against the Nationals' starter.

His only road start since then took place in Cleveland, under AL rules, of course. Zimmermann allowed eight hits and six earned runs in that outing, receiving no decision in the Nationals' 7-6 win over the Indians.

On the year, Zimmermann's held opposing hitters to a .235/.268/.405 line in starts away from D.C., as opposed to a .202/.237/.288 line at home in Washington.

The Nationals as a team are just 20-26 on the road this season, and they're 2-4 in Citizens Bank Park, where they were 4-5 last season. A win tonight will give the Nationals a split of the four-game set in Philadelphia and even up the season series which the Phillies currently lead 5-4. Up next are the Marlins, against whom the Nationals are 5-1 this season. The Fish took two of three from Atlanta last week, but have dropped five of their last six games.

Four more including tonight's then it's the All-Star Break and the so-called second half. Here's the lineup the Nationals will send out against right-hander (finally!) Kyle Kendrick tonight in CBP: