Nationals vs. Phillies 5/22/15

The Nationals were able to take both games of the 2 game set from the Yankees. Tonight, they start a 3 game set against the 4th place Phillies.

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
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Denard Span 16 12 3 0 1 0 2 4 1 .250 .438 .417 .854
Ian Desmond 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .500 .250 .750
Yunel Escobar 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Bryce Harper 6 5 2 0 0 2 4 1 1 .400 .500 1.600 2.100
Wilson Ramos 6 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .167 .200 .367
Ryan Zimmerman 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
Michael Taylor 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Max Scherzer 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Clint Robinson 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Danny Espinosa 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000
Dan Uggla 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 62 52 13 0 1 3 8 7 8 .250 .355 .462 .816
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Generated 5/22/2015.

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
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Jeff Francoeur 36 36 8 2 1 1 2 0 11 .222 .222 .417 .639
Ben Revere 18 17 6 0 1 0 0 1 2 .353 .389 .471 .859
Grady Sizemore 17 15 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .067 .176 .067 .243
Ryan Howard 9 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 .000 .111 .000 .111
Chase Utley 8 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .250 .286 .536
Freddy Galvis 7 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
Odubel Herrera 7 7 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .429 .429 .714 1.143
Darin Ruf 5 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .400 .400 .600 1.000
Carlos Ruiz 5 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Sean O'Sullivan 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .250 .000 .250
Andres Blanco 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Cesar Hernandez 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Cameron Rupp 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 125 117 25 4 3 1 5 5 29 .214 .256 .325 .581
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Generated 5/22/2015.


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