Jordan Zimmermann was unable to hand the Nationals their first series win with a 6.1 inning effort that saw the Phillies score 4 runs off of him, 2 of which were earned. Ian Desmond racked up his 8th error of the season, which accounted for the two unearned runs. The Nationals defense has been shaky so far in 2015, with mediocre play from the Nationals starting shortstop and a center fielder who seems to be unable to take charge in the outfield. The Nationals need to get these issues straightened out in order to play good competitive baseball. Hopefully, the Nationals will start to get their defensive issues sorted out and the pitchers can really go to work.
Strasburg's season hasn't started out great, but he figures to turn things around at some point. Strasburg has lasted only 5.1 innings in both of his starts and he's allowed more runs than he normally figures to. Fortunately for Strasburg, the Nationals bats have gotten it going lately and this could come at a good time against a struggling David Buchanan. If the Nationals can have another good offensive game, the Phillies could be in trouble and Strasburg could reap the benefit.
Strasburg vs. Current Phillies
David Buchanan made his major league debut in 2015 and it hasn't been the greatest experience for him to this point. Buchanan has started 2 games for the Phillies and has failed to help his team win both times. In his first big league effort, Buchanan only lasted for 3 frames, allowing 6 earned runs in that time. His second start was nothing to write home about either, lasting 5.2 frames and allowing 5 runs.Buchanan picked up the loss in each effort. He'll no doubt be looking to turn things around, but his odds so far aren't great.
David Buchanan vs. Current Nationals
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