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Bring on the Nationals

Harper had been voted ‘most overrated player’ by his peers in the MLB prior to the start of last season, so he went out last year and won the NL MVP, I guess he’s not overrated anymore

One of the hottest teams in baseball will be playing the Phillies this weekend. The Washington Nationals stop in Philly for a weekend series, a closer look at the Nats schedule though reveals that they played the Atlanta Braves a full 6 times already since the season started, and the Nats have swept all 6 games from them, the Nationals have posted 1 loss, losing once so far on the season to the Miami Marlins. So the Nats have a 7-1 record so far, but with 6 games won against the Braves, maybe those results are skewed.

One of the hottest players in baseball last year and so far this year is Bryce Harper. The Phillies have got to contain him. Harper just hit his 100th career HR the last game, and it was a grand slam, his first of his career.

The Nats have a new skipper in Dusty Baker. Baker has been a manager with 3 other MLB teams in his managerial career, the Giants, Cubs, and Reds. Up to now his winning record of 1677-1505 tells you that he’s had some success in those endeavors. In his 21 career years that he has managed though including this year, he has only 1 pennant win.

The Nationals had a very friendly way in which they opened the season, they started out with a two game series on the road in Atlanta to open up the Braves home opener and then they went home for a 7 game home stand in which one game got rained out. Playing the Braves in 6 games of the first two weeks of the season is a little strange.

The Phils are due to face Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, and Gio Gonzalez in this series. The Phils will counter with Jeremy Hellickson, Aaron Nola, and Charlie Morton. With the Phillies pitching so well as of late, it will be interesting to see how they do against a better team like the Nationals.

The Nationals acquired a solid second baseman in Daniel Murphy in the off season. Murphy, who was signed as a free agent, played for the Mets previously. Murph has put up some good numbers with the Nats already, he has 2 HR and 7 RBI on the season. His BA is a sizzling .480 with 25 AB so far.

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