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The Orioles and Nationals meet at the end of May for, "The Battle of the Beltways."
Predicted Outcome: Series split 2-2
The Orioles and Nationals will meet for four games at the end of May. With the first two games being played in Baltimore and the second two in Washington. Because of the back-to-back two-game series, it seemed fitting to combine the four games into one slide.
Last season the Orioles went 4-2 against the Nationals, despite being outscored 20-16 over those six games.
Aside from the strong season that second-year phenom Bryce Harper has delivered so far, the Nats have had a tough time offensively. They are hitting only .231 as a team, and have an on-base percentage of .295, meaning runs have not come easy in Washington. The Nats have scored 113 runs on the year, putting them at 27th in the league.
Where the Nationals haven't struggled is on the mound. The Nats have a team ERA of 3.53 and are anchored by starters Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg.
Zimmerman has dominated thus far, going 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA, striking out 27 batters while only walking seven. Strasburg's overall record of 1-3 doesn't show how good he has been for Washington. Opposing hitters are hitting only .228 off the right-handed pitcher, while he has still managed to strike out 44 hitters over seven starts.
This series is always a fun one to watch, as there seems to be more than just wins and losses on the line. With the two teams being located so close to one another, pride for both the teams and the fans always seems to play a factor in the cross-town rivalry.
Don't be surprised if the Birds and the Nats split this series at 2-2 with each team getting two home games.