Game Preview: Nationals vs Phillies 4/18/15

The Nationals are currently on a 3 game winning streak with 2 consecutive wins in this series against the Phillies. Today, they go for their first series win of the season.

After a rough start to the season, the Nationals seem to be finding their stride after having won 3 consecutive games, including 2 in this 4 game set against the Phillies. Today, the Nationals host the Phillies for game 3. The Phillies will send Aaron Harang to the mound to take on one of the Nationals aces, Jordan Zimmermann. The bats have really been coming alive for the Nationals lately, having scored 22 runs over the course of their 3 game streak and with decisive victories over the Phillies in their last 2, having won 10-5 on Thursday, then 7-2 on Friday.


After a strong first start of the season in which he handed the Nationals their first win, Zimmermann's second start of the season was the opposite. He lasted only 2.1 innings, allowed 8 runs (7 earned), walked 1 and struck out nobody. Zimmermann is often referred to as a bulldog type, always going right after his opponents, so it's no doubt he is looking forward to getting back into his groove today against Aaron Harang and the Phillies. Zimmermann has seen the Phillies a lot, so there is a large sample size of data that shows Zimmermann has had some good success against current Phillies, but he'll need to stay on top of his game today.
Jordan Zimmermann vs. Current Phillies

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Chase Utley 26 22 6 1 0 0 2 4 2 .273 .385 .318 .703 0 0 0 0 0
Carlos Ruiz 23 22 4 0 0 1 1 0 3 .182 .182 .318 .500 1 0 0 0 1
Ryan Howard 22 20 3 1 0 1 2 1 7 .150 .227 .350 .577 0 0 0 1 0
Ben Revere 12 12 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .250 .250 .250 .500 0 0 0 0 1
Cody Asche 10 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .444 .500 .444 .944 0 0 0 0 0
Darin Ruf 9 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 .375 .444 .500 .944 0 0 0 1 0
Freddy Galvis 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Grady Sizemore 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800 0 0 0 0 0
Cesar Hernandez 4 3 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .667 .750 1.000 1.750 0 0 0 0 0
Cole Hamels 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 1 0
David Buchanan 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Francoeur 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Harang 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Cesar Jimenez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Cameron Rupp 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 128 116 29 4 0 2 8 8 23 .250 .315 .336 .651 1 0 0 3 2
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Generated 4/18/2015.

Aaron Harang has had a nice kick off to his season so far, having allowed only 1 earned run in 2 starts so far this season. In his first start of the season, Harang went 6.1 innings and allowed no runs, then in his next start against the Met he went 6 innings and allowed only 1 earned run. Despite the fact that the Mets went on to win that game and hand Harang the loss, it was a pretty good game for him. The Nationals will need to ruin Harang's luck to this point in 2015 and give him a bad day on the mound. Aaron Harang is a long time MLB veteran, now playing in his 13th season. As a result, the Nationals have seen him quite a bit and the current team has handled him pretty well.
Aaron Harang vs. Current Nationals

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Dan Uggla 34 27 9 4 0 2 7 7 5 .333 .471 .704 1.174 0 0 0 0 0
Ian Desmond 19 19 3 0 0 1 2 0 6 .158 .158 .316 .474 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Zimmerman 19 17 6 2 0 1 2 2 4 .353 .421 .647 1.068 0 0 0 0 0
Bryce Harper 18 17 7 1 1 0 0 1 4 .412 .444 .588 1.033 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Espinosa 10 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson Ramos 8 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 .250 .250 .625 .875 0 0 0 0 0
Tanner Roark 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Yunel Escobar 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286 0 0 0 0 0
Jose Lobaton 5 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Gio Gonzalez 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Reed Johnson 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500 0 0 0 0 0
Stephen Strasburg 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Zimmermann 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 1 0 0 0 0
Michael Taylor 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 137 125 36 8 1 5 14 10 32 .288 .341 .488 .829 2 0 0 0 0
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Generated 4/18/2015.


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