Phillies @ Nationals: Game Preview (8/2)

DC Sports Nexus ---- Thursday, August 2, 2012

Phillies vs Nationals
7:05 PM Nationals Park

Story Lines:
  • Dangerous times for the Nats, who will try to avoid the sweep facing Cole Hamels.
  • Will the Nats offense wake up with some run support tonight?
  • Nats will look to gain some momentum going into tomorrows double-header.
Pitching Match Up:
  • Cole Hamels
    • 11-5 with a 3.31 ERA.
    • Is 2-0 against the Nats this year, having surrendered 1 run.
    • Surrendered 5 runs, 3 of them earned, in 5 innings his last start.
  • Ross Detwiler
    • 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA.
    • Has not faced Philly this season.
    • Gave up 4 runs over 4.2 innings his last start.
Who to Watch:
  •  Chase Utley
    • Hitting .286 with double and an RBI against Detwiler.
    • Went 2-4 in yesterday's game and drew a walk.
    • Hitting .375 in the series.
  • Ryan Zimmerman
    • Has sat out the first two games of the series, but said he would play tonight.
    • Came in last night to pinch hit, but was caught stealing.
    • Hitting .273 with 2 homeruns, 4 RBIs, and 4 BB against Hamels.
Keys to the Game:
  1. Stop the Run Game.  Pierre has had 2 stolen bases in each of the first 2 games.
  2. Run Support.  Tonight against Hamels, Detwiler will need some help.
  3. Avoid the Sweep.  Not really a "key" to the game, but the Nats should really do this.

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