Phillies @ Nationals: Game Preview (8/1)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Phillies vs Nationals
7:05 PM Nationals Park

#1: Will FP Santangelo Wear His Shark Hat?

That Guy On The Bottom Interfered With A Nationals Out, But Was For Some Reason Still Happy
#2 Will The Game Get Rained Out

Story Lines:
  • Nationals look to rebound after a humiliating loss last night.
  • Edwin Jackson looks to move his record above .500 tonight.
  • With Cole Hamels on the mound tomorrow, tonight's game is crucial for avoiding a sweep possibility.
  • Still no Zimmerman, though he says he will play tomorrow for sure.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Vance Worley
    • 5-6 with a 3.88 ERA.
    • Has given up 41 hits over his last ~27 innings of work.
    • Give up double digit hits 3 times this season, including a game against the Nats.
  • Edwin Jackson
    • 6-6 with a 3.52 ERA.
    • Pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball his last time out.
    • Has not given up double digit hits at all this season.
Who to Watch:
  • Juan Pierre
    • Apparently he is a Nats killer?  Batting ..375 lifetime against Jackson.
    • Went 3-5 last night with 2 runs scored.
    • Also had 2 stolen bases last night.
  • Danny Espinosa
    • Batting .222 against Worley with 1 homerun and 2 RBIs lifetime.
    • Went 0-4 last night with 2 strikeouts.
    • Also stranded 3 men on base.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Get Runners In.  Nats had 12 men left of base last night.  Middle of the lineup was particularly bad in this area.
  2. Stop Runners.  The Nats also allowed 3 stolen bases.  Got to stop giving away bases to guys like Pierre.
  3. Work the Count.  The Nats only drew 1 walk the entire game last night.

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