You're walking down the street to get a slice of pizza. A man walks up to you and tells you he's a wizard. Somehow, he proves it to you. Maybe he floats. Maybe he makes you float. Maybe he tells you things no one knows about you.
The wizard says, I'm giving you a choice.
Either your team, the Philadelphia Phillies, can make the World Series this year and the next three years or your candidate can win the White House.
Now, that's all he tells you.
Not whether your candidate will go down in shame. Not whether your candidate will be effective in office or even win reelection.
You don't know what happens to America from Oct. of this year to Oct. 2019. (I know, this isn't the candidate's full term, which runs from January 2017 to January 2021.)
For the Phillies, you know that they would reach an almost unprecedented level of glory. A cinderella team that wins the World Series, followed by back-to-back-to-back repeats.
Which do you choose?
Now, to preview the series.
Tuesday, April 26: 7:05
Wednesday, April 27: 7:05
Thursday, April 28: 4:05
Vincent Velasquez (2-1, 0.93) vs Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.32)
Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21) vs Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42)
Aaron Nola (1-2, 4.50) vs Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.63)
What to know about the Nationals
Is anyone really shocked that the Nats are baseball's best team right now? They are 14-4. They lead the national league in ERA, don't give up many homers (11 in 18 games) and don't give up many walks (2.7 per nine).
The offense isn't as good as one would think. Washington is ninth in the National League in runs scored. It's being led by Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy.
If you can shut one of those guys down, there's a chance you can win this game.
It's easier said than done. Harper has a .311/.362/.477 line against the Phils and Harper is the best young player in the league.
Tonight's game between Max Scherzer and Vincent Velazquez will set the tone. If the Phillies can beat the Nats behind Velazquez, it should be an interesting three games. Scherzer has pitched well against the Phils in his career, sporting a 5-1 mark and a 2.11 ERA.
What we can't wait to see.
Aaron Nola vs Tanner Roark on Thursday afternoon should be fun. I'm biased on Nola, but he and Roark are two of the most fun young pitchers to watch. They throw strikes, they have a ton of movement. I'd love to see both pitchers go deep into this one.
Big issue for the Phillies
The Phillies continue to not get on base. They have a .287 on-base percentage, which is last in the big leagues. Aside from Odubel Herrera's 17 walks, the team has just 29 free passes in 19 games. When you only post a .230 batting average, that's not going to cut it.
I don't think there's much hope for the batting average with this squad, but they have to make pitchers pitch more.
In Saturday's game, Oduble Herrera walked to lead off the game. Freddy Galvis followed by swinging at the first pitch.
That can't happen anymore. Gotta take a strike after a walk.