-------------Houston Astros (4-5) @ Washington Nationals (7-3)
April 16-19, 2012
Monday @ 7:05 PM ET
Kevin Weiland (0-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 0.69 ERA)
Tuesday @ 7:05 PM ET
Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 2.38 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
Astros: Weiland, acquired from the Red Sox along with Jed Lowrie in a winter trade, was rocked for eight hits and four runs in five innings in his first start with Houston on Tuesday against Atlanta. He has never faced Washington.
Nationals: Last Wednesday against the Mets, Strasburg pitched six shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out nine batters and walked three. He also threw a career-high 108 pitches.
Wednesday @ 7:05 PM ET
-----------Lucas Harrell (1-0, 3.27 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (0-1, 1.29 ERA)
Astros: Rodriguez held the Rockies to no earned runs in 6 1/3 innings on Opening Day, and gave up three earned runs in five innings Wednesday against Atlanta. The Astros have committed four errors in each of his two starts.
Nationals: This past Thursday, Gonzalez started the game for the Nationals and showed why they traded four prospects to the A's to acquire his services last December. He was outstanding, pitching seven superb innings, allowing two hits and not walking a batter.
Thursday @ 7:05 PM ET
-------Bud Norris (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.57 ERA)
Astros: Harrell fell behind in the count too much in his most recent start Friday in Miami, allowing seven hits and four runs in four innings. He was terrific in his first start of the season in which he threw seven scoreless frames.
Nationals: On Friday, Zimmermann had another superb outing, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on three hits in a no-decision vs. the Reds.
Astros: Norris wasn't able to give the Astros a quality start in his most recent outing, allowing six hits and four runs in six innings Saturday against the Marlins. He's 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two career starts against Washington.
Nationals: On Saturday, Jackson gave the bullpen the rest it needed by tossing a complete game -- his first of 2012 and fifth of his career -- in his home debut, allowing one run on two hits. He fanned nine and walked one, with 67 of his 92 pitches strikes.