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.Read More