Series Preview: Giants vs. Nationals

It doesn’t seem that it was long ago when the Nationals were known for being the Natinals thanking you for your patients, but they’ve certainly come a long way since those days.

Currently, they’re the best team in baseball — who’da thunk that when the season began? They’re currently leading the NL East by 4.5 games.

Not too shabby for a team that was always in the bottom of the NL East for the past few years.

For this series, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and Stephen Strasburg will be starting. Though Strasburg’s innings will be limited  for the rest of the season, it’s still a top notch rotation the Giants will face. Gonzalez, Zimmermann, and Strasburg are the three best starters the Nationals have at the moment, so the offense will have to prove that they can hit good pitching and not just whatever the Rockies have.

Limiting damage from the Nationals’ offense will also be key for the Giants in this series. Jayson Werth recently returned from the disabled list and the team acquired Kurt Suzuki from the A’s through the waiver wire. Not to mention that flapping tendon of Mark DeRosa.

The Giants took the series from the Rockies this past weekend, with Tim Lincecum being above 2012 average Timmy and Matt Cain being Matt Cain.

Ryan Vogelsong, Madison Bumgarner, and Timmy will be pitching in this series.

Pablo Sandoval is supposed to be activated today, but no corresponding move has been announced. Andrew Baggarly tweets that Sandoval will be used off the bench.

And, man, that Buster Posey, huh? Everyone knows how great Melky Cabrera’s season has been, but check out that Posey’s stats so far this year. He’s hitting .332/.406/.547 with a .404 wOBA, .216 ISO, .355 BABIP, and 158 wRC+. His BB% is 11.4 and K% is 15.4.

Good golly, Buster Posey.

With a competent lineup and Buster Posey, maybe — just maybe — the Giants have a chance of winning a game against the best team in baseball.

One could hope.

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