Phillies-Nationals Game Thread 5/4/12
No need to pinch yourself, for this is real life. The Washington Nationals are indeed in first place in the NL East at 16-9. Their offense hasn’t been anything to write home about — even the Phillies have outscored them, for instance — but their starting pitching has been phenomenal. Four of their five starters have posted an ERA under 2.00 in five starts, with the lone exception being Edwin Jackson at 3.69. Even the back of the bullpen has been in on the action as closer Henry Rodriguez has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings.
The Phillies’ pitching has matched them pound-for-pound, however. This was an interesting fact I dug up earlier today:
The Phillies and Nationals are tied for the lowest starting rotation xFIP at 3.12. Comparison: that was Justin Verlander's xFIP last year.
— Bill Baer 🌹 (@Baer_Bill) May 4, 2012
Aside from tonight’s match-up, the starting pitching should be the cause célèbre. Kyle Kendrick opposes Stephen Strasburg tonight (what a disparity in talent!), Vance Worley and Gio Gonzalez face off tomorrow afternoon, and Cole Hamels and Jordan Zimmermann wrap up the series on Sunday night. I’ll set the over/under on runs scored by both teams in the series at 12.
- Jimmy Rollins, SS (.255 wOBA)
- Juan Pierre, LF (.323)
- Placido Polanco, 3B (.274)
- Hunter Pence, RF (.310)
- Shane Victorino, CF (.321)
- Laynce Nix, 1B (.457)
- Carlos Ruiz, C (.394)
- Pete Orr, 2B (.315)
- Kyle Kendrick, SP