At the halfway point of the season, the Washington Nationals have a commanding lead over the NL East, and in just three seasons, have gone from the laughingstock of the league, to one of the most feared lineups in all of baseball. The only question is: Can they keep it up?
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The Nats are heading up I-95 to Philadelphia for a rematch with the perennial powerhouse in the Phillies, but the stakes have been raised since their last meeting; a game in which Cole Hamels intentionally threw at young slugger Bryce Harper, then admitted his to his intent afterward.
Major League Baseball handed down a five game suspension and a fine to Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for intentionally beaning Bryce Harper on Sunday night.
Whether it was legitimate before this series or not, with one pitch from Cole Hamels, it appears as if the rivalry between the Phillies and the Nationals is absolutely a real one now.
Currently mending from surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, Nationals closer Drew Storen said that the Phillies invasion of Nats Park has frustrating over the last few years.
Thursday on the Junkies, MLB Network studio analyst Matt Vasergian joined the show and predicted the Washington Nationals could be player in the race to win the NL East.
The Nationals swept a doubleheader from the Phillies on Tuesday.
The Nationals ugly it up against the Phillies, fall 11-3.
The Nationals defeated the Phillies 4-2, after Livan Hernandez pitched 6 and 2/3 innings of 1-run ball.