BALTIMORE — As will be a trend this weekend as the Nationals begin Interleague play for the 2011 season, most of the pitchers they’re facing will be unknown. They’ve certainly watched video on them but few have ever faced them in person.
The first example of that will be tonight when they face right-hander Jake Arrieta. Arrieta has been one of the Orioles best starters this season, working to a 5-1 record with a 4.03 ERA.
Arrieta, now in just his second year in the major leagues, has faced just four members of the Nationals 25-man roster.
Here are the Nationals’ career numbers against him:
Roger Bernadina: Never faced
Ian Desmond: 0-for-1, 1 BB
Jayson Werth: Never faced
Wilson Ramos: Never faced
Adam LaRoche: Never faced
Laynce Nix: Never faced
Danny Espinosa: Never faced
Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-2
Michael Morse: 0-for-3
Ivan Rodriguez: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 RBI, 1 BB