Lineups breakdown: Giants-Nats, NLDS Game 2

Lineups breakdown: Giants-Nats, NLDS Game 2

Here are the starting lineups for today's National League Division Series Game 2 between the Giants and Nationals at Nationals Park.


The Giants are unbeaten in two games this October and manager Bruce Bochy is going with his winning lineup against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. San Francisco has won nine consecutive playoff games, an all-time record for a NL club, so it's no surprise Bochy is not changing the lineup at this point.

The Giants got to flamethrower Stephen Strasburg for two runs (one earned) on eight hits over five-plus innings in a Game 1 victory, but today's matchup won't be a cakewalk. Zimmermann tossed a no-hitter against the Marlins on the final day of the regular season. In his only outing against San Francisco this year, Zimmermann fired eight innings of two-run ball and earned the win at Nationals Park on Aug. 23.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

Hunter Pence has faced Zimmermann more than any other Giants hitter, going 8-for-20 (.400) with two home runs and four RBIs against him. Pablo Sandoval has also enjoyed some success vs. Zimmermann, with six hits in 13 at-bats (.462).

1. Gregor Blanco, CF
2. Joe Panik, 2B
3. Buster Posey, C
4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
5. Hunter Pence, RF
6. Brandon Belt, 1B
7. Brandon Crawford, SS
8. Travis Ishikawa, LF
9. Tim Hudson, P


Washington scored just two runs on six hits in a Game 1 loss on Friday, but Nationals manager Matt Williams did not hit the panic button and went with his regular lineup in Game 2 against Giants starter Hudson.

The Nationals have seen a lot of Hudson over the years, as the right-hander spent nine seasons with the Braves from 2005-13. The veteran had some success against the Nats in two starts this year, though, winning both outings and allowing three runs (one earned) over 12 1/3 innings.

Jayson Werth is the starter with the best career numbers against Hudson, going 17-for-44 (.386) with four doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs. Anthony Rendon and Asdrubal Cabrera are the only starters without a hit off Hudson, both going 0-for-5 lifetime.

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Anthony Rendon, 3B
3. Jayson Werth, RF
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Ian Desmond, SS
6. Bryce Harper, LF
7. Wilson Ramos, C
8. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
9. Jordan Zimmermann, P

Austin Laymance is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.