Time for Game 2 of the 2011 baseball season and for this one the Nationals are hoping for better weather and a better outcome.
We won’t know the lineup until later this morning but since Braves’ starter Tommy Hanson is a right-hander, I can take a stab at what it’s going to be. And for those players, along with a few others who could also get slotted into the lineup, here are the Nationals career numbers vs. the Braves 24-year-old:
Ian Desmond: .364 AVG in 11 at-bats, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .364 OBP, .636 SLG, 1 K
Jayson Werth: .200 AVG in 5 at-bats, 1 2B, 4 BB, .556 OBP, .400 SLG, 3 Ks
Ryan Zimmerman: .214 AVG in 14 at-bats, 2 2B, 3 RBI, .200 OBP, .357 SLG, 6 Ks
Adam LaRoche: .167 AVG in 6 at-bats, .167 OBP, .167 SLG, 3 Ks
Michael Morse: .250 AVG in 4 at-bats, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .250 OBP, 1.000 SLG, 2 Ks
Rick Ankiel: Never faced him
Danny Espinosa: Never faced him
Ivan Rodriguez: .333 AVG, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .333 OBP, .500 SLG, 2 Ks
John Lannan: 0-for-4, 1 K
Jerry Hairston Jr.: .500 AVG in 6 at-bats, 1 RBI, .571 OBP, .500 SLG, 0 K
Wilson Ramos: Never faced him
The only other National who has faced Hanson, who is starting just his second full season in the major leagues, is left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who will not be getting an at-bat this afternoon.
Hanson is 21-15 with a 3.16 ERA in 55 starts and he was impressive this spring in four starts (14 IP), allowing just two earned runs and holding opponents to a .184 average.
— As for the weather: The last forecast I saw was calling for temperatures in the 50s with partly cloudy skies and showers in the noon-2 p.m. area. Translation: Bundle up if you’re heading to the game.