With the weekend devoted to interleague play, just about the quarter mark of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, the Washington Nationals currently have a 20-23 record and sit in last place in the National League East Conference. However the Nats are only 4.5 games out of third place as the Atlanta Braves hold that spot, but only one game out of fourth place which the New York Mets are in.
The 15th season of interleague play is already here and the Nats open it with the Battle of the Beltways Friday, May 20. The Nats travel to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and face the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s have almost an identical record to the Nats. They sit in last place as well, but with a record of 19-23. In game one of the three game series, Jason Marquis of the Nats takes the hill against Jake Arrieta. In game two, it’s lefty John Lannon vs. righty Jeremy Guthrie, and in the final game, Jordan Zimmermann is on the bump with Chris Tillman.
At this point of the season, the hottest hitting National is Laynce Nix who is hitting .307 with five home runs. Jason Marquis leads the Nationals pitching staff with five wins and one loss with a 3.54 ERA. When it comes to save situations, Drew Storen has been lights out with a perfect 9 for 9 so far on the season. His ERA is 0.38 with 19 strike outs.
In the last 10 games the Nats are 4-6. The Nats return to National Division play next week. Baltimore does travels to Nationals Park for round two of the Battle of the Beltways June 17, 18 and 19.