One day after placing Stephen Strasburg on the DL comes this headline outta D.C.:
The Braves lead the Nats by 8 games and the Phils by 7-1/2. Philly is playing to expectations — .500, give or a take a few games. They’re not a threat.
And while I’m not ready to dismiss the Nats, events seem to be conspiring against them. Perhaps hubris is to blame.
Meanwhile, everything’s going right for the Braves, who will face four Dodgers starters not named Clayton Kershaw this weekend. No Matt Kemp, either, but I am looking forward to seeing Yasiel Puig play.
And it’ll be nice to see our old pal Petah Moylan, now pitching out of L.A.’s pen. Lineups haven’t been posted yet but hopefully we’ll see Pena at 2B instead of Fan Uggla.
UPDATE: Pena gets the start, but at 3B. Fan is batting 6th.
Simmons 6, Heyward 9, JUpton 7, Freeman 3, McCann 2, Uggla 4, Pena 5, BUpton 8, Hudson 1