NEW YORK — It took the Nationals seven games but today, for the first time this season, they’ll face a left-handed starter. That could mean a few things for the Nationals’ lineup, the main one being that Jerry Hairston Jr. may get the start in center field, giving Rick Ankiel a day off against left-hander Chris Capuano.
It will also be interesting to see if manager Jim Riggleman puts Hairston in and then slides him into the leadoff spot, as he said he might do against left-handers, or if he leaves Ian Desmond there after Desmond has hit .400 (6-for-15) the last three games.
We’ll find out the lineup later this afternoon, but for now, here are the Nationals’ career numbers against Capuano:
Ian Desmond: Never faced
Jayson Werth: .200 AVG in 5 at-bats, .200 OBP, .200 SLG, 3 K
Ryan Zimmerman: .571 AVG in 7 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .571 OBP, 1.143 SLG, 1 K
Adam LaRoche: .286 AVG in 7 at-bats, .375 OBP, .286 SLG, 3 K
Michael Morse: Never faced
Jerry Hairston Jr.: .286 in 14 at-bats, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .286 OBP, .500 SLG, 2 K
Danny Espinosa: Never faced
Wilson Ramos: Never faced
Tom Gorzelanny: Never faced.
Rick Ankiel: 0-for-3 in 3 at-bats, 2 K
Ivan Rodriguez: Never faced
Gorzelanny will be making his first start of the season — and it will be his first game action in 15 days — but the left-hander has a solid track record against these Mets.
New York’s roster is a combined 8-for-46 against Gorzelanny and he’s yet to surrender a home run to anyone in the lineup.
— One other note: Left-hander Ross Detwiler, who pitched very well in spring training, gave a strong performance Friday night in Triple-A Syracuse’s 3-2 loss to Buffalo in 13 innings Detwiler went six innings, allowing one run off four hits and one walk and he struck out eight. Detwiler needed just 82 pitches.