Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/4/12
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 FIP, Washington's advant...
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