Game Preview: Phillies vs Nationals 4/16/15

The Phillies have arrived at Nationals park to take on the Nats.

The Phillies have come to Nationals park to take on the Nationals. The last time the Nats and Phils played, the Phillies took 2 of the 3 game set. Tonight, The Nationals host the Phillies at Nationals park and look to right the ship against Cole Hamels. Taking down Cole Hamels is a tall task, but the Nationals will send Doug Fister to the mound in hopes that he can keep the Phillies bats quiet.


Fister made his first start of the season against Hamels and the Phillies and even though he pitched well, the team was unable to get him a win. Fister went 6.1 innings, allowed 6 hits, and walked 1, but struck out only one. While his team gave him the lead in the 4th inning, it would not be enough as the Phillies would eventually tie it up and go on to win the game. Doug Fister will undoubtedly bring his fast work rate and high energy pitching style to the game, the Nationals hope they will be able to back him up with some runs. The Nationals bats seem to be trending the right direction, having scored 7 runs then 10 runs against the Red Sox in their last 2 games. The Nationals lineup will need to come alive again to keep things going in the right direction. It's a small sample size, but Doug Fister has performed well against the Phillies in 45 plate appearances.


Doug Fister vs. Current Phillies
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Yunel Escobar 11 10 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .300 .364 .300 .664 0 0 0 0 0
Ian Desmond 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650 0 0 0 1 0
Danny Espinosa 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson Ramos 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Zimmerman 5 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .600 .600 .600 1.200 0 0 0 0 2
Matt den Dekker 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Reed Johnson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Lobaton 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 1.000 1.667 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Uggla 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Bryce Harper 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 45 42 8 1 0 0 5 2 9 .190 .244 .214 .459 0 0 0 1 2
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Generated 4/16/2015.

Cole Hamels had a pretty great performance against the Nationals in his second start of the season. He went 7 innings, allowed only one run, walked 2 and struck out 5. It was a classic Hamels game, even though he didn't pick up the win in the end, but he did give his team a chance to win. The Nationals have had a long history of facing Hamels, and though he may not always pick up the win against them, he usually gives them a run for their money in the batter's box. Current Nationals have had a collective 364 plate appearances against Hamels, and the results are none to pleasing. As is so often the case, the Nationals will simply hope to have some luck against a very good pitcher.


Doug Fister vs. Current Phillies
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Ryan Zimmerman 85 78 20 3 0 3 6 7 17 .256 .318 .410 .728 0 0 0 0 1
Dan Uggla 71 62 9 2 0 3 6 7 22 .145 .239 .323 .562 0 1 0 1 1
Ian Desmond 55 53 11 5 1 1 2 1 11 .208 .222 .396 .618 1 0 0 0 3
Bryce Harper 31 27 8 1 0 0 1 3 4 .296 .387 .333 .720 0 0 0 1 1
Yunel Escobar 28 22 3 1 0 0 0 6 3 .136 .321 .182 .503 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Espinosa 23 21 3 1 0 0 0 2 8 .143 .217 .190 .408 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson Ramos 21 20 4 0 0 1 2 1 4 .200 .238 .350 .588 0 0 0 0 1
Reed Johnson 15 15 2 1 0 0 3 0 4 .133 .133 .200 .333 0 0 0 0 1
Tyler Moore 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 .125 .000 .125 0 0 1 0 0
Stephen Strasburg 8 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .286 .429 .714 1 0 0 0 0
Gio Gonzalez 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Jose Lobaton 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Taylor 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Doug Fister 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Zimmermann 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 364 329 64 15 1 8 20 29 86 .195 .263 .319 .582 3 1 1 2 8
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Generated 4/16/2015.

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