On Sunday in Cincinnati the Washington Nationals go for a sweep of the Reds, and if the first six weeks of the season are any indication, stellar starting pitching will be the key to a victory. Washington has by far the best rotation ERA in the bigs, a minuscule 2.24, and four of the rotation's starters are in the Top 15 in the National League in ERA.
Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.49 ERA) takes the hill for the Nationals, less than a month after two-hitting Cincinnati at Nationals Park. Jackson needed just 92 pitches in the 4-1 victory over the Reds.
Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 2.75) will take the hill for the Reds. Arroyo's career against the Nationals has been erratic to say the least. In 10 starts, he has pitched at least six scoreless innings five times, giving up two runs over eight innings in another. The other four starts? Arroyo is 0-3 with a 13.50 ERA.
Washington suffered yet another injury on Saturday night, as catcher Wilson Ramos was hurt. Sandy Leon from Harrisburg has been called up to serve as the Nationals back-up catcher.
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