Philadelphia Phillies (98-54) v. Washington Nationals (72-79)
Tuesday 1:05 - KK v. Ross Detwiler
Tuesday 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. Tommy Milone
Wednesday 7:05 - The Vanimal v. Brad Peacock
Thursday 7:05 - Roy Oswalt v. John Lannan
Reasons to Watch:
Carson and I have been lamenting the agony of watching the Phils labor through the last two weeks of the season. And while we're being a little facetious, it can be to muster the interest to sit through three hours of seemingly pointless baseball. Hell, I'm not even watching Baseball Tonight anymore. If you're feeling a little like me, here are a few points of interest to keep things interesting.
1) Nationals young pitching. The first three games of this series will feature three promising young pitchers that the Phils will surely see a bunch in the next few years.
Ross Detwiler - First round pick in the 2007 draft. He made fourteen starts in 2009 without much success and his overall major league record is 4-14. But he's only 25 years old and has a 3.86 ERA this season. The potential is there to stick on the back end of their rotation going forward.
Tommy Milone - In four minor league season, Milone has a 3.05 ERA, including a 2011 line of 12-4, 3.22 for AAA. A 10th round pick in 2008, Milone has below average strikeout numbers to start his pro career but over the last two seasons he's struck out over a batter per inning.
Brad Peacock - Peacock was a 41st round pick out of high school back in 2006. He's a guy central Pennsylvania baseball fans are well aware of because he pitched the last two seasons for AA Harrisburg, including a stellar 2011 campaign where he went 10-2 with a 2.01. He was promoted to AAA mid-season and continued to have success. After going 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in Syracuse, Peacock got the nod to join Washington. In his first major league start against the Mets he went five scoreless innings and picked up the win.
2) Who will the Phillies play? Only a week ago I was convinced the Phillies would play Arizona in the first round of the playoffs. Well, while the Phils limped across the NL East finish line, the playoff landscape was rapidly changing. The Diamondbacks are only a game behind the Brewers for the #2 seed. If the D-backs pass the Brew Crew and Atlanta holds on to the Wild Card, Milwaukee would travel to Philadelphia for the playoff opener. That's a big "if" in Atlanta, though. Their lead in the WC has shrunk to 2.5 over the Cardinals, thanks in part to the Phillies indifference the last two days. It could get real interesting at the end of the season when the Phils close with three games against the Braves. Their performance could dictate who they play in the opening round.
3) The battle of futility. Can John Bowker get one hit? Can Michael Martinez get his average over .200? No, probably not.