Monday, June 17, 2013

Series Preview- Nationals

Washington Nationals (34-34) @ Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday - Dan Haren vs. John Lannan
Tuesday - Ross Detwiler vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday - Gio Gonzalez vs. KK
7:05 start time for all games

Gnats Bats:
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.

Gnats Arms:
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).

Predictions:
A low scoring series, with the Phils taking 1 outta 3 (only win comes against Haren).

17 comments:

Andrew said...

generous prediction

SirAlden said...

Phillies *SWEEP!* the Nats.

Swat them boys.

McStudley said...

This is exactly the type of thing this team will do to us-they'll sweep the gnats, get our hopes up, then follow up by losing 4 of the next 5.

Morak99 said...

A humble suggestion: lets all grow out our beards until Howard hits a home run. We gun' be shaggy.

Morak99 said...

Oh, well, so much for that idea.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Howard hit a homerun...big whoop. That's what he gets paid $25 million for. He needs to do more!

They still suck. I won't get my hopes up.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Via David Murphy's Twitter:
Of the 27 runs Jonathan Papelbon has allowed since joining the Phillies, 20 have scored on home runs. This latest one blows his first save.

SirAlden said...

Get Utley and Cooch back and we have a team.

SirAlden said...

One down two to go.

Front Runners.

SirAlden said...

Go Take a Look at the Dodgers.

1 Billion.

400 Million.

Last Place.

GM-Carson said...

Dodgers are stupid.

C.M.R. said...

i'm with you on the dodgers. roster full of hundred million dollar big-name players and the only one who's doing any good is some guy named puig. way to go, magic johnson!

Andrew said...

Horst to the DL for sucking

Andrew said...

Horst to the DL for sucking

SirAlden said...

The Phillies have had their projected starting lineup together for just three games this season. The fourth time will occur (barring further injuries) when Utley returns.

This is not a crap team - this is an older team who needs us to root for them.

They can be a Wild Card Team.

Morak99 said...

The Dodgers make the Phillies GMing look smart. The Boston-LA trade last year is going to go down as the worst trade in the history of baseball by miles. I still can't believe that happened.

Horst by his own petard!

GM-Carson said...

Sir Alden- what the hell will rooting for them do? Surely it won't make them play better or they'd have never missed the playoffs last year or be below .500 now, because from what I gather there are plenty of fans out there like you that believe this team is actually good.

I don't believe that, but many do, and that's okay if they want to be wrong.