Washington Nationals (16-12) @ Philadelphia Phillies (13-13)
Friday, 7:05 - Stephen Strasburg vs. Cliff Lee
Saturday, 7:05 - Tanner Roark vs. Sport Hernia Burnett
Sunday, 3:05 - Gio Gonzalez vs. Cole Hamels
R - 126 (8th)
AVG - .259 (9th)
OPS - .743 (5th)
Harper out. Zimmerman out. Werth/RF (.288/.845) in. LaRoche/1B (.312/.907) in. Anthony Rendon/3B (.316/.896) in. Danny Espinosa/2B (.288/.828) in. This lineup is well balanced and not to be taken lightly, even with the absences of their top two stars.
ERA - 3.16 (6th)
WHIP - 1.27 (14th)
Some fantastic pitching match-ups this series. Roark is the surprise of the group, posting a 2.76 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Strasburg is striking batters out with high frequency (53 K in 34 IP). Gonzalez is just consistently good. Bullpen is decent too, with closer Rafael Soriano yet to allow a run and the group of Aaron Barrett, Drew Storen, and Ross Detwiler all sporting ERA south of 2.00. And then there's workhorse Tyler Clippard, up to his usual shenanigans (14 G, 12.2 IP, 18 K, 2.84 ERA).
Yuengling Lager. I'm not really a fan of this beer, as I don't care for lagers much, especially those with a sweet caramel malty profile. However, I'm at a wedding on Saturday and it's between this and Coors Light, so I'd rather go local than drink piss water.
Tough fought series, but Hamels is still rusty and the Nationals seem to have the Phillies number over the past couple seasons, so I'm going with only 1 win for the good guys over the weekend.