The Nationals open a 3-series, 10-game homestand tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. As the first pitch of game 10 on the season approaches, here’s some good and not-so-good news.
GOOD NEWS: Besides Dave’s mention of the Nats television game day ratings going up this year, there’s more than Nielsen ratings to get excited about. The Nats current 4-5 record is second best start since the 2005 inaugural season when our home team went 5-4. For context, the other 9-game start records are as follows: 2006 (2-7), 2007 (1-8), 2008 (3-6), 2009 (1-8).
NOT-SO-GOOD-NEWS: While it’s not a reason to sound the alarm just yet, the Nats have one hell of a schedule set for their first 40 games of the season. A total 31 of those 40 games are against ballclubs coming off of winning season in 2009. That … and Zimmerman is on the DL for the time being due to a pulled hamstring. Adam Kennedy will get the start in his place.
John Lannan (1-1, 8.31) faces Yovani Gallardo (0-2, 6.75) and the Brewers at 7:05 at Nationals Park.