Scouting Report- Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
The Nationals swept the series against the Phillies! Or I should say they #PhlattenedThePhillies. The Nats score 19 runs compared to the Phillies 6 points the entire series. Ian Desmond, Anthony Rendon (2), and Adam LaRoche all homered this series.
The Nats are taking a West Coast and Midwest road trip now, starting in a city where things are usually nice and scenic, San Diego. The San Diego Padres play in arguably the most beautiful city on the planet. Beaches, palm trees, #steak, you name it, San Diego’s got it.
Except their sports teams are not that good. The San Diego Chargers of football got out in the first round of the playoffs in the NFL, and the Padres are stinking it up. Not in the cellar of the division thanks to the D-Backs struggles to start the year, the Padres, at 27-33, are the worst 4th place team in baseball. I am looking forward to visiting San Diego and Petco Park later this summer.
How will the Nats do against the Padres? In late April, the Padres split a series with the Nats in late April. Nate McLouth hit his 1st and only Nat homer against them on JZ Bobblehead day.
Ryan Zimmerman, now returned from the DL and playing Left Field, is hitting .312 with 6 homers and 20 RBIs vs. San Diego. He is a monster vs. San Diego, but bigger Padre killer Stephen Strasburg will only watch from the dugout in his hometown, as Roark, Treinen, and Zimmermann are taking the mound against the Padres. Zimmermann likes to face star 3B Chase Headley, as he has K’d Chase 5 times.
The Nats are on a surge, and now is a good time for them to gain some ground on the Marlins and Braves against a weak team like the Padres. I predict the Nats will probably win 2 out of 3 against this struggling team.