The Washington Times - May 27, 2011, 03:51PM

The Nationals may be facing the only team in the major leagues with a batting average worse than their own, but the Padres play their home games in cavernous Petco Park. Their road batting average is a respectable .265 (third base in the National League) and they hit just .199 at home.

It’ll be John Lannan’s job tonight to make the Padres feel right at home — pun intended — while the Nationals deal with left-hander Clayton Richard. Because Richard is a lefty, the Nationals are once again going with a lineup that includes Brian Bixler in left field. 


Here are the Nationals career numbers against Richard, including good numbers for both Michael Morse and Ian Desmond, albeit limited sample sizes:

Roger Bernadina: Never faced

Ian Desmond: 3-for-6 (.500), 2 HR, 2 RBI

Jayson Werth: 0-for-2, 1 BB

Michael Morse: 2-for-3 (.667), 2 RBI, 1 K

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Jerry Hairston Jr.: 0-for-1, 1 BB

Brian Bixler: 1-for-2 (.500)

John Lannan: 0-for-2


Alex Cora: 0-for-6, 1 BB, 2 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 2-for-5 (.400), 1 RBI, 1 K

Rick Ankiel: 1-for-2 (.500), 1 K