After what seems like aneternity, the Nats are finally home after their 10-game three-city west coast road trip in which MLB thoughtfully did not include an off-day until the return trip home. The Nats ended the trip 4-6 and even though they battled Cy Young winning pitchers, injuries and most of all themselves, it was a somewhat disappointing result as they could have easily been 6-4, if not better. I could go into much more detail but we covered this pretty extensively on the Podcast last night and that’s a much more complete conversation. Check it out if you haven’t already.
It’s hard to believe that it’s Memorial Day weekend and the Nats are facing the Phillies for the first time this year, while having already faced the Marlins, Braves and Reds twice. The Phils roll into the Nation’s Capital with a 23-24 record having a disappointing start to the year accompanied by a troubling injury to Roy Halladay and less than stellar production from Cole Hamels. Even with those two issues, the starting pitching had been middle of the road with the rotation ranking 17th in WAR, and 15th in ERA/FIP. The bullpen is a whole other kind of awful, ranking 26th in ERA and WAR while ranking 29th in FIP. The offense hasn’t been doing the team any favors either, ranking 26th in MLB in OPS with a combined .690.