The Washington Times - April 20, 2011, 09:03AM

The Nationals will play their second doubleheader in four days today when they head to Busch Stadium to play a makeup game from Tuesday night at 1:15 p.m. and their regularly scheduled game at 7:15 p.m. CST.

Both games will be televised on MASN2. Game 1 can be heard on the radio on WHFS 1580 am and WFED 1500 am. Game 2 will be on 106.7 fm The Fan.


The Nationals and Cardinals are both keeping their pitching on-turn for the doubleheader – which they were forced into after severe weather pounded downtown St. Louis from 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Washington will be looking for its first (and second, presumably) victory in St. Louis since 2007. It has not been a kind place to play since then for the Nationals, who have lost eight straight games inside Busch Stadium.

They’ll send John Lannan to the mound against Jake Westbrook in Game 1 and Jordan Zimmermann will face Jaime Garcia in the nightcap. Lannan is 1-2 in his career against St. Louis with a 2.36 ERA in five starts. He’s made three starts in St. Louis and is 0-1 in those games and despite allowing three of the four home runs he’s surrendered to the Cardinals in his career in games in St. Louis, he’s got a 2.61 ERA at the park.

Zimmermann gave up Albert Pujoles 400th career home run last August 26 in his first major league start after Tommy John Surgery and is 0-1 in two career starts against the Cardinals but has never pitched at Busch Stadium in his young career.

Here are the Nationals’ career numbers against the two pitchers they’ll be facing today:

Vs. RHP Jake Westbrook

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: Never faced

Jayson Werth: 2-for-2, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1.000 OBP, 3.000 SLG

Adam LaRoche: Never faced

Michael Morse: 0-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 10-for-38 (.263), 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .282 OBP, .395 SLG, 6 K

Ian Desmond: 0-for-3, 1 K

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-5, 2 K

John Lannan: Never faced


Wilson Ramos: Never faced

Alex Cora: 0-for-1

Matt Stairs: 5-for-26 (.192), 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, .222 OBP, .423 SLG, 5 K

Laynce Nix: 3-for-6 (.500), 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .571 OBP, 1.167 SLG

Jesus Flores: 1-for-3 (.333), 2 RBI, .333 OBP, .333 SLG

Game 2 vs. Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: Never faced

Jayson Werth: 1-for-4 (.250), 1 2B, 1 BB, .400 OBP, .500 SLG, 1 K

Adam LaRoche: 1-for-5 (.200), 1 2B, 1 RBI, .200 OBP, .400 SLG, 1 K

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

Michael Morse: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 2B, 1 BB, .667 OBP, 1.000 SLG

Ian Desmond: 2-for-3 (.667), .667 OBP

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-4

Jordan Zimmermann: Never faced


Ivan Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 1 K