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Series #29 Preview: Nats at Phillies

The WashingtonNationals (46-42) have one four games in a row and just completed a sweep of the San Diego Padres. The Nats have not swept a team since the Great Depression (alright it was actually the White Sox in April, but it has seem like since the Great Depression) and the offense is starting to roll. Everyone was thinking that Bryce Harper was going to be the spark to ignite the offense, but it appears that it might be Wilson Ramos because since his return on America’s birthday the Nats have not lost. Here is hoping that he can feign off injury for the rest of the season.

For their second to last series before the All-Star Game, the Nats will take on the Phillies (43-46), who are trying to stay competitive with the Braves and Nationals in the NL East. The Phillies did the Nats a favor and took two out of three from the Braves over the weekend and now the Nats are only four games back with seven games to play before the break. Hopefully, the Marlins and Reds can batter the Braves and the Nationals can pick up even more ground in the standings.

The season series is currently tied between the two teams at three games apiece. The Phillies are 5-5 in their last ten games with their last game being a win against the Braves. The Nats are 7-3 in the same span and their bats are starting to heat up with their last loss coming on July 3.

On the injury front, Ross Detwiler was placed on the disabled list with back tightness and will miss his next start. Dan Haren will be taking his place in the rotation and Taylor Jordan will continue to stay with the big club until Detwiler comes back. Danny Espinosa is still trying to get back in the groove in AAA Syracuse, but since his strikeout rate is worse down there than it was in Washington, it is unlikely that he will unseat Anthony Rendon anytime soon.

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Game #71 Recap: Nats win 6-2 on 11th inning Grand Slam

IanDesmond earned his first career Grand Slam in the eleventh inning to win the game 6-2 over the Phillies, stopping the sweep. Gio Gonzalez pitched a stellar seven innings with 11 strike outs, 2 walks, and allowed only 2 hits. However, those two hits, which came in the first inning, became the only two runs scored—a lead-off single from Ben Revere quickly followed by Michael Young’s homer which batted them both in.

It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Nationals retaliated with their own run. Phillies’ starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick struck out 6, walked 2 and allowed only 2 hits, a single from Adam LaRoche in the second where he was left stranded and an RBI single from Werth who batted in Zimmerman’s walk in the seventh. Desmond struck out to end the inning.


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Series #25 Preview: Nats at Phillies

Call me crazy,but the Nats (34-34) are showing signs of life and a little consistency. Yes, they are 3-3 at this point in their road trip, but with the exception of the awful game pitched by Dan Haren against Colorado, they could as easily been 5-1 if a few things would have gone their way. They are currently sitting 6.5 games behind the Braves for the lead in the NL East and are back to .500 baseball, but the games feel different. They are hitting the ball. They are not scoring a while lot, but they are hitting.

What is the difference? Anthony Rendon. The guy is hitting .361 in 17 games this season. I know he has only had 68 plate appearances in his career, but he’s yet to look overmatched.  Since being called back up for the second time this season, he has hit safely in every game. He has the longest current hitting streak on the team sitting at ten games. His last two games have both been three hit games, so he does not seem to be slowing down. This only makes the decision to sit Rendon for Friday’s opening game against the Indians even more baffling.

The Nationals head to Citizens Bank Park for a three game series with the Phillies (33-37). The Phillies won two out of three against the Nats in their only other series this season and the teams split the season series last year at nine a piece. The Phillies’ Michael Young is two RBI shy of hitting the 1,000 career RBI mark. There are only 18 active players that have recorded 1,000 or more RBI, so let’s hope he has to wait until the Phillies next series to join that club.

In injury news, it looks like Bryce Harper will start baseball activities after a week of rest to reduce the effects of his bursitis and could start a rehab game by either the end of the week or early next week. Wilson Ramos aggravated his hamstring, but it is reported that it will only affect his rehab calendar by a day or two and he might be able to rejoin the team by then end of the month. Danny Espinosa has been playing in rehab games in Syracuse for the AAA Chiefs, but neither Davey or Rizzo has said when he will rejoin the big league club.

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