Washington Nationals (14-14) @ Philadelphia Phillies (18-9)
Tuesday, 7:05, Livan Hernandez v. Cole Hamels
Wednesday, 7:05, Jason Marquis v. Vance Worley
Thursday, 7:05, John Lannan v. Roy Halladay
The Gnats Bats:
AVG - .227 (29th)
SLG - .349 (26th)
OBP - .304 (24th)
The Nationals suck at hitting. Many factors play into this: Ryan Zimmerman's prolonged DL stint, Jayson Werth under performing (.233/.742), Adam LaRoche with his typical early season struggles, Rick Ankiel as the starting CF, and the list goes on. The only guys doing well are part-time players: catcher Wilson Ramos (.357/.975) and UTL Laynce Nix (.316/.912). The Phillies pitchers should not have a problem putting the clamps down on this offense.
The Gnats Pitching:
ERA - 3.40 (8th)
WHIP - 1.26 (11th)
BAA - .251 (19th)
Washington's pitching staff is surprisingly good. Tonight's starter Livan Hernandez (3.23 ERA) is a righthanded version of Jamie Moyer, and for that I give him credit. He's figured out a way to battle batters with a bunch of slow junk. Marquis is having a bounce back year thus far (2.62 ERA), and seeing that he's a sinkerball pitcher, I'm thinking the Phils struggle against him. Lannan is a decent pitcher, but he sucks against the Phils (0-9, 5.80 ERA, and Phils batters have gone .311/.908 facing him), so at least one win is guaranteed in this series. Lefty specialist Doug Slaten has made 12 appearances without allowing a run. Closer Drew Storen is showing why he was rushed to the Majors. Setup man Tyler Clippard continues to be a beast (19 IP, 21 K, 1.42 ERA).
A low scoring series, because of each team's deficiencies on offense and solid pitching staffs. Phils take 2 outta 3.