The Washington Nationals have been frustratingly inconsistent in 2018. Now with the Philadelphia Phillies in town, it’s time to get a good Phill-ing going.
The Washington Nationals just about scraped a series victory against the Baltimore Orioles this week. But a much stiffer test is next with the Philadelphia Phillies making their second trip to Nats Park.
On this episode they cover:
- The Nationals hard-fought series win over the O’s
- Michael Taylor/Bryce Harper playing time debate
- Kelvin Herrera acquisition could be huge
- Aaron Nola a new Nats nemesis?
- Preview each matchup individually
- Answer your listener questions
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After not being scheduled to pitch during the first series, Aaron Nola is looking to make up for that this time around. So far, he’s been one of the best pitchers, if not players, in the National League. He possesses a 2.55 ERA, to go with a FIP below three, and finally seems to have taken the next step.
A constant threat in their lineup is also getting hot at the right time too, in Odubel Herrera. The outfielder has homered in each of his last four games and like Nola, has a strong All-Star case. He’s hitting .299 with 35 runs, 41 RBI, and 12 homers. Watch out for him this weekend.
It’s going to be a tough series for the Nationals, and if they are to have any hope of a series win, they need Tanner Roark to bounce back. He’s given up a home run in each of his last four outings and his season continues to spiral out of control. But a rebound outing against Zach Eflin and the Phillies would be huge to get the weekend off to a positive start.
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Make no mistake, the Philadelphia Phillies will be stiff competition for the Washington Nationals. And without Max Scherzer going, coming out on top in the series would be a huge statement of intent.