Phillies on the ‘Natinal’ Spotlight
The Phillies will have their first crack at the reigning NL East champs this weekend as they set up for a three game series in Washington. Though, surprisingly, this is going to be a tighter game than anyone anticipated.
The Nationals are 24-23 with the Phils 23-24, and the Nats have struggled to get offensive production with a collective team average of .225 which is 29th in the majors (aka: fantastic news). So this is a great opportunity for the Phillies to kick a rival while they’re down by stealing a few games and then catch up with the first place Braves. With the Phillies winning seven of their last ten, including two of three over a solid Reds team, it’s certainly possible.
The biggest obstacle will be injuries. Chase Utley will be out with a mild oblique strain, which is unfortunate. His .272 batting average and seven home runs are both second best on the team. The Nats will be without former Phillie Jayson Werth, who is dealing with hamstring issues. He’s currently batting .260 for the year.
Finally, here are the projected pitching match-ups for the series:
FRI: Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (7-2, 1.62 ERA)
SAT: Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.00 ERA) vs Dan Haren (4-5, 5.54 ERA)
SUN: Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-5, 2.66 ERA)
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