Washington Nationals Series Preview: Quick two-game set against the Baltimore Orioles

A minimum of the Washington Nationals prevented an embarrassing five-game sweep by the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies over the lengthy weekend collection. That’s a lot of the positives the crew can take from the sphere this previous collection — aside from Jackson Tetreault’s spectacular begin.

Sure, the Nationals battled and tied a few video games within the ninth inning, however wound up shedding each in additional innings, and regardless of a win in Sunday’s collection finale, they now sit at 24-46, solely avoiding the worst file in Main League Baseball by just a few win proportion factors.

Not that the file was of a lot concern to these at Nationals Park, because the crew retired Ryan Zimmerman’s quantity in an emotional ceremony on Saturday. We didn’t cry, actually.

Subsequent for the Nationals is a brief two-game collection towards the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards.

The Orioles have picked issues up a bit this yr in comparison with the previous few years and sit at 30-38 up to now within the yr, as their offense has picked them up thus far this month.

Camden Yards might not convey glad reminiscences for Nationals followers although. The final time the crew visited the ballpark, they had been swept away by their hosts in a collection that successfully sealed the group’s commerce deadline sell-off lower than every week later.

Right here’s the lowdown from Camden Yards forward of the two-game set with the Orioles…

The schedule

  • Sport One: Tuesday, June twenty first, 7:05 pm EDT. TV: MASN 2, Radio: 106.7 The Fan
  • Sport Two: Wednesday, June twenty second, 7:05 pm EDT. TV: MASN 2, Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Possible Pitchers

  • Sport One: Erick Fedde (4-5, 4.88 ERA) vs Jordan Lyles (4-5, 5.10 ERA)
  • Sport Two: Patrick Corbin (3-9, 6.59 ERA) vs Tyler Wells (4-4, 3.62 ERA)

Who’s sizzling?

Josh Bell: After a brief stoop, Bell seems like he’s rounding again into type once more recently, and is hitting for lots extra energy than he was throughout his sizzling begin to the season.

In his final 21 video games, Bell has a dominant .307/.393/.640 slash line, hitting seven of his 11 house runs on the season on this stretch, whereas additionally driving in 19 runs, strolling 13 instances, and hanging out 19 instances. He even managed to notch a uncommon triple in that stretch.

At this level, Bell is a digital lock to be traded earlier than the commerce deadline on August 2nd, so the Nats might be hoping he retains this manufacturing as much as enhance his commerce worth earlier than then.

Ryan Mountcastle: Because the Orioles hope to start out shifting into a brand new period, Mountcastle has been a participant that they’ve anticipated so much from for some time now, and thus far this month, he’s one among their higher performers on the plate.

In June, Mountcastle is slashing a robust .288/.342/.667 with six house runs and 16 RBIs, giving him a 180 wRC+ which is eleventh within the American League in that span. He additionally has multi-hit video games in 5 of his final eight video games, so is scorching sizzling coming into this collection.

Anticipate Mountcastle to be within the lineup for each video games at both first base or DH and supply some thump to a younger Orioles lineup.

Who’s not?

Erick Fedde: In his sixth main league season, we nonetheless haven’t fairly found out whether or not Fedde is a serious league customary pitcher. On events, he can eat innings and restrict opposition offenses. On others, he loses command, can’t put hitters away, and so they make him pay.

Proper now, the right-hander goes by a spell of the latter. In his final 4 begins, Fedde sports activities an unpleasant 8.47 ERA and 5.19 FIP, permitting 16 earned runs in 17 innings whereas hanging out 9 and strolling 9. Funnily sufficient, the Nats are 2-2 in these begins.

Proper earlier than that four-start stretch, Fedde had a five-start run with a 1.95 ERA and three.92 FIP, which just about sums his profession up. So, in truth, who is aware of what model of Fedde we’ll see within the collection opener on Tuesday…

Jorge Mateo: Very similar to the Nationals have the previous 10 months, the Orioles are seasoned specialists in claiming previously highly-rated gamers on waivers and attempting to get them going. Mateo is one such participant, who was a high prospect with the New York Yankees.

Sadly, Mateo hasn’t been hitting wherever close to what the Orioles had been hoping for recently. Thus far this month, the shortstop is hitting a meager .125/.176/.188 with only one extra-base hit and a whopping 21 strikeouts in 52 plate appearances.

On the very least, Mateo continues to be offering protection at shortstop and when he does get on, he has elite velocity. Even so, they want him to indicate extra with the bar than he’s at present.

From the opposing dugout

Try among the high Orioles storylines from our buddies at Camden Chat…

Yet another factor to observe

After just a few delays, MLB lastly instituted its 13-pitcher restrict on the lively roster on Monday.

If it weren’t for the lockout dragging on, the restrict that was introduced into the most recent Collective Bargaining Settlement may need been carried out to open the season. Nonetheless, with an abbreviated Spring Coaching, the deadline was pushed again to permit groups to protect their pitching employees.

For the Nationals, to stick to the deadline, they optioned right-hander Cory Abbott to Triple-A following Sunday’s collection finale towards the Phillies, proper after he closed out the 9-3 win with an ideal ninth inning, hanging out one Phillie.

Nats skipper Dave Martinez although is hardly wanting ahead to having one much less arm obtainable to him out of the bullpen shifting ahead…

“For us, I hoped they’d do it,” Martinez stated of MLB extending the pitcher restrict date. “I can’t sit right here and deceive you, however it will be good if we may preserve that additional pitcher.

“I do know final time they modified it just a few days earlier than, I’m holding my breath, however we’ll see. I might love — and actually, it’s not simply us both. You go searching baseball, what’s occurring, I believe having an additional pitcher will certainly assist, at the very least for the remainder of this yr.”

As has been talked about advert nauseam with the Nationals, their beginning pitching has but to have the ability to constantly go deep into video games this season, considerably taxing the bullpen.

One much less pitcher means one much less participant to cowl innings within the occasion the rotation can’t make it previous the fifth inning. All of it provides up.

This collection will not be one which the Nationals really feel the results in, with an off-day both facet of a brief two-game collection, however after that, the Nats have only one off-day between then and the All-Star Sport and are going to handle issues very fastidiously shifting ahead.

Collection Preview Trivia

Final collection’ trivia query: Ryan Zimmerman hit 11 walk-off house runs in his profession, tied for eighth-most all-time within the huge leagues. What number of of these walk-off house runs got here towards the Phillies? Bonus factors should you can title the yr(s).

Reply: Three. July thirty first, 2010; August nineteenth, 2011; August twenty second, 2018.

Right here’s our trivia query for this collection with the Orioles, with some shared participant historical past between the 2 groups as the topic of this collection’ query.

10 gamers have hit a house run as a member of each the Orioles and Nationals, however just one has hit a house run for the Orioles towards the Nationals and for the Nationals towards the Orioles. Are you able to title that participant?