Phillies/Nationals Series Preview IV

Hard to believe, but the Phillies will play the Nationals for their 10th, 11th, and 12th time this season. Seems like the only teams the Phillies play are the Nats and Marlins. Of course, that wouldn’t be a bad thing since they’re 7-2 against Washington and 4-2 against Florida.

The Phillies will send youngster J.A. Happ out for tomorrow’s start, but the Nationals will counter with a young guy of their own in Ross Detwiler, their first round pick from 2007 (selected immediately after Matt Wieters). He’s pitched well in limited action this season: in two starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles, he’s struck out ten, walked four, and allowed just three earned runs in eleven innings.

For some reason, the Phillies don’t seem to hit against pitchers they’ve never seen before. That’s just based on anecdotal evidence, of course, so that could be completely wrong.

Cole Hamels will oppose Shairon Martis on Saturday. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, click here for a nice memory.

Moyer-Lannan in the series finale. Another poor outing from Moyer, coupled with Brett Myers potentially headed to surgery, could trigger the Phillies’ front office to start scrambling for some more starting pitching.

Ready for some numbers? If you’re new to the Crashburn Alley series previews, the numbers you’re looking at in the next two charts will show you the hitters’ OPS against the slated starting pitching of the opposing team, and the number after that one is the number of career plate appearances that hitter has against the starter. The names aren’t always accurate as teams make last-minute swaps, as the Marlins did when Burke Badenhop started yesterday in place of Hayden Penn. The numbers, however, are accurate.

Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies, May 29-31

Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies, May 29-31

The next two charts show you the starting pitchers’ success against the opposing team throughout their careers.

Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies, May 29-31

Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies, May 29-31

You hate to demand that the Phillies sweep, but it’s the freakin’ Nationals. They’ve been swept five times already this season, including once by the Phillies in a four-game series. Anything less than three wins is a disappointment.

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