Washington Nationals (34-34) @ Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)
Monday - Dan Haren vs. John Lannan
Tuesday - Ross Detwiler vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday - Gio Gonzalez vs. KK
7:05 start time for all games
R - 237 (29th)
AVG - .233 (28th)
OPS - .666 (27th)
The Nationals surprised a lot of people last year when they won the NL East, and because of that were a favorite to repeat in 2013. However, things haven't gone as planned. Washington's offense has been terrible (blame it on Obama, easy scapegoat). Bryce Harper/LF is hurt (get used to it, I see a lot of Chase Utley in him). Jayson Werth/RF is fresh off the DL and so is Ryan Zimmerman/3B. Although, neither of them are hitting like past track record would suggest. The only two really doing well are Ian Desmond/SS (.287/.808) and new second baseman Anthony Rendon (.361/.951 in 17 games). The catching situation is also a mess, nearly as bad as the Phillies.
ERA - 3.59 (7th)
WHIP - 1.23 (7th)
Good news- the Phils miss their top 2 starting pitchers this series (Strasburg and Zimmermann). Bad news- Gonzalez and Detwiler is still really good, with Haren being the only beacon of hope for run scoring. The bullpen has the 3-headed monster for the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings (Storen, Clippard, and Soriano). New addittions (Ian Krol and Fernando Abad) have combined for 15.1 IP, 18 K, and a matching 0.59 ERA and WHIP. Hell, even their long reliever is good (Craig Stammen- 2.95/1.23).
A low scoring series, with the Phils taking 1 outta 3 (only win comes against Haren).