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Series #17 Preview: Nats vs Orioles

After a much neededoff day Thursday, the Nats took two of three from the Phillies. The offense looked better, averaging 4.66 runs per game over the weekend. Unfortunately the weekend came with several injuries. First came the news that Danny Espinosa had been playing with a fractured wrist since he was hit by Paul Maholm in early May. He is not yet headed to the DL, and while he was downright abysmal with a bat his defense will be missed. Next came Bryce Harper who aggravated a previous knee injury and will be sitting for at least the two games at Nats Park vs the Orioles. Ross Detwiler was actually cleared to start this Tuesday’s game before experiencing a setback that formally landed him on the DL. Detwiler is back-dated to May 16 so he is eligible to return as soon as June 2.

The Orioles come into the series at 27-23, 3rd in the AL East. The offense has been very good, leading Major League Baseball in OPS (.790), tied for 1st in WAR (10.4) and 3rd in wOBA (.340). The only true deficiency of the offense is they don’t walk incredibly often, posting a 7.5% BB% which ranks 22nd in MLB. The pitching on the other hand has not been great. Both the rotation and the bullpen independently rank 26th in FIP. So far this season the O’s have played better away from Camden Yards and in their last ten games are 4-6.

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