SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (67-59) @ WASHINGTON NATIONALS (77-57)
Game 1: Friday, August 22nd @ 4:05 PM
Tim Hudson..........Doug Fister
Code:Hudson Fister 24 Starts 18 8 Wins 12 9 Losses 3 3.03 ERA 2.20 1.18 WHIP 1.05 154.1 IP 118.2 95 K's 74 27 BB's 14
Giants: After struggling in his last outing against the Phillies, Hudson's ERA is above 3.00 for the first time this season. Despite his age and taxing start to the season, the 38-year-old has said he's in good shape and still feeling strong.
Nationals: For the third straight start, Sunday against the Pirates, Fister went at least seven innings and surrendered no earned runs. He now sports a 0.64 ERA for August, and his season ERA has dropped to 2.20.
Game 2: Saturday, August 23rd @ 1:05 PM
Tim Lincecum......Jordan Zimmermann
Code:Lincecum Zimmermann 25 Starts 25 10 Wins 8 8 Losses 2 4.48 ERA 2.97 1.37 WHIP 1.15 142.2 IP 151.2 128 K's 132 58 BB's 24
Giants: Opponents have hit .368 (35-for-95) off Lincecum in his last five starts. He has allowed a Major League-high 10 triples, and he has yielded 10 first-inning runs in his last seven outings.
Nationals: Zimmermann allowed one earned run through his first seven innings during his last start, on Monday against the D-backs, but a two-run homer in the eighth spoiled an otherwise stellar outing. Still, he's 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in August.
Game 3: Sunday, August 24th @ 10:35 PM
Ryan Vogelsong..........Stephen Strasburg
Code:Vogelsong Strasburg 26 Starts 27 7 Wins 10 9 Losses 10 3.75 ERA 3.41 1.25 WHIP 1.17 148.2 IP 171.1 122 K's 198 41 BB's 38
Giants: Vogelsong has received zero runs of support in nine of his 25 starts. He's 5-2 in 12 road appearances despite a 4.38 ERA.
Nationals: Strasburg spun his second straight quality start on Tuesday against the D-backs, allowing one earned run on three hits over eight innings. He also struck out his 198th batter on the season, a career-best total for the right-hander.
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