Scouting Report- Philadelphia Phillies
The Nats-Rangers series was a big surprise to me. The Nats offense finally clicked off of Colby Lewis on Friday and on Saturday Nick Tepesch was gone after 2 innings, having already given up 2 homers and 3 runs. Even on Sunday against Yu Darvish, even though there were alot of strikeouts, the Nats made good contact and even some flyouts that may have scared some Texas fans. But I think the Nats took everyone by surprise in a 2 out of 3 game series win.
The Phils haven’t been doing so well lately. They dropped a lot of games over an 11 game homestand, and they got no-hit by Josh Beckett, who was only 2-3 at the time. Even though the Phillies have been stinking, the Nats need to watch out because they did not play well against the Phillies in May. The Nats came in to Philadelphia on May 2, just coming off a sweep of the Astros. Game 1 was fine, but the Nats got crushed in game 2 and lost 1-0 in game 3. The series was tough. The Phillies are a team that the Nats beat easy in 2013, so the Nats had a bad series loss. The Nats look like a team that can beat the Phillies, but I don’t want to jinx anything. Hopefully the Nats can win, but there is a slight possibility they won’t.
Good news! Ryan Zimmerman is back in the lineup. He will start in left field against David Buchanan tonight. Zim hopefully will get some hits, maybe guiding the Nats to a needed win to bring the Nats to .500.