In Arizona, the Nationals won 2 out of 3 but could have done a teeny bit better. I do, however, acknowledge Bronson Arroyo’s masterful pitching performance in the game they lost and how Arizona jumped out to an early lead. The Nats, however, brought their big bats and got a nice rebound from the sweep in Oakland. The bench had some clutch moments on Monday and Wednesday, with Espi and Frandsen homering on Monday and Tyler Moore with a 2 RBI single off Brad Ziegler in the 9th to pad the Nats lead in the series finale. Ian Desmond also had a stellar series, with a homer and a 2 run single in the desert to start off the week. It is about time for Desi to break out of his hitting slump. I expect him to continue to eat #steak.
Yesterday was an off-day, the third Thursday in a row that the Nats had off. But just like that, the week is coming to a close, and the Nats also are coming back to Washington for a weekend series at Nats Park.
The Mets just played the Yankees in their 2-and-2 home-and-home-cross-town-inter-league (woah!) series. The Mets are playing the Nationals this weekend after an off day yesterday, when little baseball was being played with teams on the East Coast.
Tonight, the series kicks off with vistor Jon Niese facing off against Tanner Roark at 7:00. Saturday it’s Bartolo Colon for the Mets. And Sunday, which is Wilson Ramos bobblehead day at Nats Park, Zach Wheeler is on the mound for New York. The Nationals have not named their starters yet. Do I think the Nats can win?
Bottom Line:I think 2 out of 3 will be won by the Nats. Jon Niese has a slight edge over Tanner Roark in game 1, and I bet the Nats’ bats can hit off Colon and I know for a fact they can hit off Wheeler (Nats are 2-0 against him, one being a 13-2 win). I believe Jordan Zimmermann will get the call on Saturday and Gio Gonzalez on Sunday, but we may see Doug Fister’s Nats Park debut this weekend. A Gonzalez-Wheeler matchup would be the same as the Nats’ 13-2 victory vs. the Mets in New York. Another interesting factoid is that Wheeler has only faced the Nats at Citi Field. I am interested to see what happens on Sunday when Wheeler makes his 1st MLB start at Nats Park.