Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) @ Washington Nationals (54-60)
Friday, 7:05 - John Lannan vs. Dan Haren
Saturday, 7:05 - Cliff Lee vs. Taylor Jordan
Sunday, 5:05 - KK vs. Stephen Strasburg
R - 419 (28th)
AVG - .240 (26th)
OPS - .684 (25th)
The offense is spearheaded by Bryce Harper/LF and Jayson Werth/RF. They're having good season, but each would be great had they been able to stay off the DL. Ryan Zimmerman/3B, Ian Desmond/SS, and Adam LaRoche/1B are the supporting cast for an extremely disappointing offense attack for this team.
ERA - 3.73 (12th)
WHIP - 1.26 (9th)
They went from an elite pitching staff in 2012 to middle-of-the-road one this season. They can still twirl a gem, but they can also be battered around.
*I like that Cody Asche and Darin Ruf are getting to play regularly through the rest of the season. The Phillies need homegrown cheap starters, and these two fit the mold should they prove they belong.
*Chase Utley will likely be a Phillie for life. The 2 year extension has two vesting options as well that are easily attainable as long as he stays healthy (which is no short feat for him).
*I desperately want Roy Halladay to come back and see if he can still be a good, if not great, pitcher. I'd love to see him back on a 1 year $5M deal with incentives next year if so.
*Michael Young has cleared waivers, meaning he can be dealt. Make the move Amaro. Try to capture lightning in a bottle.
*Casper Wells was claimed off waivers from the ChiSox. He sucks, but that means he'll fit right in with this squad. He's hit .155/.380 this season, but was useful as a 4th/5th outfielder from 2010-2012 with Detroit and Seattle.
Phils take the first 2, then get mowed down my Strasburg on Sunday.