The Nationals took both games of their 2 game set against the Yankees, who are currently in 2nd place in the Al East. Those victories paired with the Mets going 4-6 in their last 10 games have allowed the Nationals to wiggle their way into a narrow 1st place lead. Every day, the division is beginning to shape up more and more like what it seems like it should be, with Miami and Philadelphia 5th and 4th place respectively and the Braves having themselves something of a middle ground season so far. Tonight, the Nationals look to continue their hot streak as the Phillies come into town for a 3 game set. Sean O'Sullivan will take the hill for the Phillies, while the tried and true Max Scherzer will take the hill for the Nationals.
Sean O'Sullivan's numbers this year would lead you to believe he's been better than he is. While his ERA is at a low 3.68, his FIP is almost right at his career norm of 5.58. The only oddity that sticks out is that his ERA is so low compared to his career what is normal for him. The Nationals haven't seen a whole lot of him, but what they have seen of him has lead to an .816 OPS.
O'Sullivan vs. Current Nationals
Max Scherzer seems to be getting the best of the NL so far this year, as he is currently sporting the lowest FIP and lowest ERA he's had in his career. While those numbers can change in any way over the course of the season, he's off to an excellent start. When he takes the mound, the Nationals are always in a great place to win a game. The fact that the offense has taken off lately has been huge for him since he was unlucky in this regard early in the season. His efforts are evident in his time having seen the Phillies as well, allowing only a .581 OPS to date.
Scherzer vs. Current Phillies