MLB 2013 Game #4: Padres vs. Nationals
Last year, the Washington Nationals made a serious run at the World Series. They finished the regular season with a franchise record 98 wins and locked up the National League Eastern Division title by four games over the Atlanta Braves. Their World Series aspirations were ended when the St. Louis Cardinals extended the best-of-five National League Division Series to the limit and scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to win the decisive game.
This year, the Nationals (44-42, .512) find themselves in second place trailing the Atlanta Braves by five games in the division and six games back in the wild card race. The San Diego Padres (40-47, .460) are in fourth place in the National League West and trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by five and a half games.
Tonight, the Padres will send Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.74 ERA) to the mound. The Nationals will answer with Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.46 ERA). After 17 starters this season, Zimmermann has already tied his career-high mark of 12 wins in a season. During 2012, he finished the season with 12 wins in 32 starts. Marquis is the definition of a journeyman pitcher. Since 2008 he's pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and San Diego Padres.