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The Real NL East: Nationals at Phillies Game Thread, June 17, 2013

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Now the fun really begins!

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Coming into tonight, the Phillies have played 25 games against NL East opponents, and they hold a 16-9 record. That seems pretty good, right? Well, of those 25 games, 13 have been against the Marlins and six have been against the Mets. In those games, they have a 14-5 record. The other six games have been against the Nationals and the Braves (three games apiece), and they are 2-4 in those games.

Tonight, the Phillies start a three game series against the 34-34 Nationals. That is followed by three games against the Mets. Then, after a 10-game road trip, the Phillies come home to play three more against the Nats and three against the Braves. The Phillies are finally facing the tougher (AKA over/at .500) teams of the NL East. I'm scared. Hold me.

No matter how the Phillies fare, this will always be true: anyone who calls Citizens Bank Park "Nationals Park North" is a massive, hooting assface.

John Lannan makes his triumphant (?) return from the disabled list tonight, facing his former team. (Who, as I've mentioned before, seemed to hate him.) The Nats are trotting out Dan Haren, who has been less-than-crisp this season.

Discuss the game in the comments below.


Current Series

3 game series vs Nationals @ Citizens Bank Park

Washington Nationals
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Monday, Jun 17, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Dan Haren vs John Lannan

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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John Lannan

#27 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-4

215

L

L

Sep 27, 1984


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - John Lannan 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 14.2 16 10 10 1 2 7 6.14 1.23




Dan Haren

#15 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-5

215

R

R

Sep 17, 1980


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Dan Haren 4-8 13 13 0 0 0 0 72.2 91 50 46 17 10 59 5.70 1.39