RECAP: Washington Nationals fall 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs ; trails NLDS 2-1

Both Jose Quintana and Max Scherzer came out throwing in this game. The first run of the game was set up by Daniel Murphy hitting a pop fly to Kyle Schwarber and Schwarber misplaying the ball which allowed Murphy to get a double. Joe Maddon would take out SP Jose Quintana and put in RHP Pedro Strop. Ryan Zimmerman would then hit a line shot in the right field gap to come up with a clutch RBI double to make it a 1-0 game. Read more about RECAP: Washington Nationals fall 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs ; trails NLDS 2-1

Orioles and Nationals are in the top five of ESPN's Power Rankings

BattleBeltwayThe Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are both in the top five of ESPN’s Power Rankings.  The Nationals are at number three after having two straight sweeps and the Orioles are number five again.  The Orioles would probably be ranked higher than the Nats if the Nats did not have such a good week.  The Orioles have only lost two series since the All-Star Break and have a four and one record against the Nats.  Read more about Orioles and Nationals are in the top five of ESPN's Power Rankings

Orioles and Nationals getting respect in ESPN's power rankings but is it enough?

300px-Miguel_González_on_July_1,_2012The Baltimore Orioles are ranked fifth and the Washington Nationals are ranked seventh in this weeks power rankings from ESPN, the full list can be shown here.  I know I do not talk about power rankings often because they can very from week-to-week and are strictly opinion but sometimes they catch my eye.  Read more about Orioles and Nationals getting respect in ESPN's power rankings but is it enough?

Orioles and Nationals lineups 7/9/2014

The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals play today in the Battle of the Beltways, it is the second game of the series after last nights game was postponed.  I expect Bud Norris to be a little rusty today with the off day yesterday. The Orioles and Nationals will be playing in Camden Yards with American League rules so the DH will play.  The Orioles really needed an off day after all the extra innings that they have played.

The Nats will be sending Doug Fister to the mound, he is having another great season.

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