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This series with the Phillies has been marked with a bullet on the calendar of Nationals fans since February. The Nationals wanted to pack Nationals Park with their own fans, and not Phillies fans, during this series. We'll see how good they did this weekend, as the first place Nationals host the fourth place Phillies in Washington's first real divisional test this year.
Washington's rotation has been dynamic this year, leading baseball with a 2.03 ERA this year. That's largely powered by a .247 BABIP and a miniscule 3.9% HR/FB. but Washington's 2.41 FIP is still best in the league. The second best rotation in baseball belongs to the Phillies, who have a 2.97 ERA and 2.94 FIP. The Phillies and Nationals rotations also have identical 3.12 xFIPs, showing just how close the two really are.
The Nationals have the clear advantage when it comes to the bullpen, with a 3.21 team bullpen ERA, with the Phillies pen holding an ERA a run higher at 4.22. When you look at FI...
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Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay returned to the team Friday following a brief absence to attend to a personal matter.
Halladay rejoined his teammates in Washington and threw his normal bullpen session ahead of Philadelphia's game against the Nationals.
He declined to comment through a team spokesperson, according to CSNPhilly.com.
The 34-year-old right-hander left the...
Join us for a tailgate at the brand new Forest & Main Brewing Company featuring old-world beer and seasonal food in a 19th century house in Ambler, PA. On Saturday, May 12 starting at 3pm, Brewmaster Gerard Olson will guide us through a sampling of his delicious beers paired with food from their executive chef. Then around 5:30 we will hop on a bus and head down to the ballpark...
The Philly Phace Off is Philly Sports World’s new weekly Thursday feature. Every Thursday, Rob and Wayne will debate a topic. Your job is to be the jury. You read both sides and then decide who wins by voting in the Phace Off Poll. This week Rob and Wayne debate who means more to the Philadelphia Phillies: Ryan Howard or Chase Utley.
Once in a generation, a player...
Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is the cream of the NL East. What starter on the Braves also goes deep into games frequently? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after...
Heading into the 2008 draft, Baseball America concluded their scouting report on Long Beach State right-hander Vance Worley by saying this:
Command is the primary concern with Worley, not in terms of walks but in quality of pitches and efficiency, as he frequently finds himself in deep counts. With refinement of his secondary offerings, he could develop into a mid-rotation starter...
With Gio Gonzalez on the mound, the Phillies offense stood no chance today. (AP) After stealing a victory from the Phillies last night, the Nationals asserted their dominance today, beating the Phils 7-1, widening their lead in first place, and assuring themselves at least a series victory.Unfamiliar with Gonzalez, Offense Is Dormant: - Only two Phillies in today’s lineup–Placido...
Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies is a temporary starter. How do the fill-ins for Washington match-up with the locals? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...
The Washington Nationals needed every single out they had to end their five-game losing streak last night. It wasn’t pretty to watch, but they finally scraped one out to get back in the win column. The Nats will look to make it two in a row tonight in the rubber match against Arizona, but they will be going up against a right-hander that was one of the best pitchers in the National...
Philadelphia Phillies (13-14) at Washington Nationals (17-9)Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)Time: 1:05 PM, Nationals Park TV: CSN, MASN (for us VA people) Weather: Scattered Rain, 81 Media: Twitter and FacebookComing off an extra inning loss is always tough. Especially when its a quick turn around to a day game. The Phillies will be back up early today...
A Note from the Author: We first learned back in early April that Pat Burrell would sign a one day contract with Philadelphia and retire as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. It has taken till now for me, a lifelong Phillies’ fan, to completely analyze how I feel about this honor. Pat “The [...]
Bryce Harper, the 19-year-old phenom who was called up to the Majors last Saturday by the Washington Nationals, had his first rookie card ready by the time he came up for his second at-bat. This week, Topps, unveiled its plans for Harper cards in all of its remaining products this year with the first one
After a 4-2 win over the Braves on Tuesday night, the Phillies felt good entering Wednesday’s game. The offense was finally starting to score runs and they would have ace pitcher Roy Halladay on the mound. Even better, they took a 6-0 lead into the 5th inning.
Placido Polanco just kept getting hits and Shane Victorino road his coat tails. Then Laynce Nix smashed a bases-clearing...
As if Friday night’s gut wrenching loss was not enough, the Phillies stunk up Nationals park again today. With only 5 hits in the game, the lone RBI came off a sac fly from Carlos Ruiz in the 4th inning. If you fell asleep after that, you missed nothing.
By the 5th inning, I found myself wishing I had taken a nap instead as pitcher Vance Worley had his first really bad outing of...
Even though we’ve already had a pair of no-hitters, it could be argued that the most exciting—and certainly the most anticipated—game of the year was Saturday, when the Washington Nationals visited Chavez Ravine and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The most-hyped prospect of all-time, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, was making his debut. Harper’s teammate Stephen Strasburg...
Waking up this morning still in some awe over the performance of Joe Blanton yesterday. After 400 pitches were thrown Wednesday night in an extra innings offensive explosion, Blanton managed to get through a complete game on fewer than 90 pitches. While Blanton deserves a bunch of credit for doing what he did, you have to pit some blame on the Braves as well. No pitcher, no matter...