San Diego Padres (49-33, 1st in NL West)
Washington Nationals (36-47, 5th in NL East)

July 6-8, 2010, Nationals Park

The Padres bring the Majors' best pitching staff to town for a three-game set.  San Diego's team ERA is 3.07, and the majority of their bullpen own ERAs lower than 2.55.  That said, the owners of the National League's best record is challenged offensively, though it doesn't seem to matter most nights. 

The Padres have failed to score more than three runs in nine of their last 13 games but have only lost four.  On the other hand, Washington has not scored more than three in 12 of 18 but has gone 5-13.

San Diego is coming off three consecutive final at-bat wins and are starting a six-game road trip. 

In the last 57 games for the Nationals, 37 have been decided by two or fewer runs.  Their overall record in those games is 16-21, and 10-14 in one run games over that period.

Season Stats (Runs Per Game, Team ERA, Team Fielding Percentage) Rank in N.L.

SD:  4.13 RPG (12th), 3.07 ERA (1st), .990 (1st)
WAS:  4.06 RPG (13th), 4.16 (11th), .977 (15th)

Who's Hot? (last 10 games)

SD:  RF Aaron Cunningham (5-for-10, 4 runs), SS David Eckstein (5-for-14, 2 RBIs), 3B Chase Headly (8-for-23).  RP Heath Bell (4 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves, 6 Ks), SP Mat Latos (8 IP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 Ks), SP Clayton Richard (7 IP, 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 10 Ks)

WAS:  SS Alberto Gonzalez (6-for-12), LF Josh Willingham (8-for-23, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs), CF Nyjer Morgan (8-for-25, 3 runs).  SP Livan Hernandez (7 IP, 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 Ks), Joel Peralta (5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 Ks), RP Drew Storen (3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 Ks).

Pitching Matchups

Tuesday, 7:05 pm:  RHP Livan Hernandez (6-4, 2.98) v. LHP Clayton Richard (6-4, 2.74)
Wednesday, 7:05 pm:  RHP J.D. Martin (0-4, 3.38) v. RHP Jon Garland (8-5, 3.24)
Thursday, 7:05 pm:  RHP Luis Atilano (6-5, 4.72) v. RHP Mat Latos (9-4, 2.62)