The Nationals hope to start an abbreviated two-game set with the Houston Astros tonight at 7:05 p.m. Statistically, the Nats match up favorably with Houston except for the wins, with Washington's win total being suppressed right now with the five blown saves.

HOUSTON ASTROS (11-14, 6th in NL Central, two-game win streak)

Kazuo Matsui – 2B
Michael Bourn – CF
Lance Berkman – 1B
Carlos Lee – LF
Miguel Tejada – SS
Hunter Pence – RF
Ivan Rodriguez – C
Jeff Keppinger – 3B
Brian Moehler – P

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (6-17, 5th in NL East, one-game win streak)

Cristian Guzman-SS
Nick Johnson-1B
Ryan Zimmerman-3B
Adam Dunn-LF
Elijah Dukes-CF
Austin Kearns-RF
Jesus Flores-C
Anderson Hernandez-2B
John Lannan-P


HOU: Brian Moehler (4.0 IP, 0-2, 27.00 ERA, 1 K, 2 BBs)
WAS: John Lannan (27.1 IP, 0-3, 4.61 ERA, 18Ks, 7 BBs)


The weather outside is frightful. Sorry. Lingering rain should diminish in coverage and intensity. Game time temp 58F, last pitch 57F. Chance of rain 50%.

I'll be inside at the Verizon Center, though, cheering on the Caps against the dreaded Pittsburgh Penguins.