Washington Nationals: Nats get first look at the Phillies
By Blake Finney
On this DoDCast, Blake is joined by That Ball’s Outta Here Site Expert John Town, as they look ahead to the Washington Nationals series with the Phillies.
After a huge series sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates, it’s time for the Washington Nationals to face the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time. As we look ahead to this series, Blake is joined on this episode of the DoDCast by Site Expert from That Ball’s Outta Here, John Town.
During the episode, together they talk about:
- Recapping each of the Nats and Phillies latest series
- Have the Phillies finally come of age this year?
- Players to watch ahead of the series for each team
- Look ahead each pitching match-up individually and give predictions
- Answer your listener questions
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The Phillies have started well and sit two games ahead of the Nationals at 17-13. They own this impressive record despite a very youthful team, which makes it an even more noteable achievement.
Arguably the team’s best hitter right now, Rhys Hoskins, has picked up right where he left off last season. The left-fielder is hitting .296 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI, and will be a player to watch out for.
But one hitter that is particularly looking forward to this series is Odubel Herrera. Not only is he hitting .340 with 2 HR and 9 RBI over the last 15 days, he has a good record against this weekend’s projected starters. Between Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark and Max Scherzer, the Phillies center-fielder is hitting a combined .350 against them. That will make him a huge threat in their lineup in this series, and one the Nats are well aware of.
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The DoDCast will return on Sunday, as we look ahead to the Nats second trip to the pacific coast. This time to face the San Diego Padres.