Bryce Harper’s last seven hits are all doubles, and over the eight-game stretch in which he’s collected those two-base hits, the 25-year-old outfielder is 7 for 24 (.292/.455/.583) with the doubles, eight walks, and five Ks in 33 plate appearances.
Juan Soto has a 10-game hitting streak going heading into this weekend’s four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies, over which the 19-year-old has gone 11 for 34 (.324/.465/.441) with four doubles, nine walks, and eight Ks in 43 PAs.
After going 4 for 10 with a double in last weekend’s three-game series with the Phillies, Nats’ outfielder Michael A. Taylor went 0 for 8 in Tampa Bay, but so far in June, the 27-year-old has gone 21 for 58 (.362/.403/.483) with four doubles and a home run in 62 plate appearances.
It’s not all bad news from the Nationals’ offense, though they did just get shut out in both of their losses to the Rays in Tropicana Field, and the Nationals have now been shut out in 7 of 22 games this month, over which they’re 8-14.
Now they take on the Philadelphia Phillies who took two of three from Washington in D.C. in last weekend’s matchup between the divisional rivals, evening the season series up at 3-3.
All six of those games were played in Nationals Park, but now they play a four-game set in Citizens Bank Park, where the NL East’s second place team is 25-15 this season, after they dropped two of three to the New York Yankees this week.
Tanner Roark and Aaron Nola match up in the series opener tonight.
Roark went just 4 1⁄3 IP last time out against the Phillies this past weekend, giving up seven hits, four walks, and six earned runs in a rough outing.
Nola held the Nationals to four hits, three walks, and two earned runs in six innings when he faced them in what ended up a 5-3 win in the nation’s capital.