The defending World Champs and the home nine Nationals face off this weekend a three-game set wrapped around the Fourth.
Here’s our home-cooked preview.
Seems like the weather – blistering hot or rainy (remember Randy Johnson’s wet 300th win), is always an issue when the Giants come here. This time a stalled front could wreak havoc.
Good news is no heat wave, and, in fact, comfortable temps. But stalled fronts are notoriously unpredictable. Tonight’s game is under the gun.
Wildfires in Canada may also come into play. Smoke has found its way to the mid-Atlantic this week. Particulates have produced orange-ish sunsets, and Washington woke up to fog this morning (eerie music fades up..)
East Coast Bias
Saturday’s game on the Fourth will see a rare, 8 am start back in the bay.
Scherzer-Bumgarner? Dream on.
Interesting that the Giants site still has TBA for Saturday and Sunday starters but media outlets are reporting:
Peavy v Gonzalez, Bumgarner v Strasburg, Vogelsong v Zimmerman.
With a handful of injuries (Rendon, Werth, Zimmerman), the Nationals have resembled a M.A.S.H. unit lately. Still they have managed to win 8 of 10.
Giants have had injuries too. Buster Posey took a foul ball off his mask but is expected to be ok. Giants had a bit of a June Swoon but still have 5th best record in the league.
"Bryce Harper is one homer shy of joining Johnny Bench, Eddie Mathews, Alex Rodriguez and Mel Ott as the only players with 25 or more home runs by the All-Star break in their age-22 season or younger." - Carlos Collazo / MLB.com
Special TV Coverage
Baseball Tonight is hitting the road for a special on-site show in the Nation’s Capital on Friday, July 3, at 1:30 p.m. prior to the holiday tripleheader. The Baseball Tonight set will be located atop the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, which overlooks the White House.
Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will also be on site at Nationals Park prior to Sunday Night Baseball, July 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where to eat and drink?
Head to JDLand for the latest. Using a little imagination, The Big Stick might please Giants fans.
Friday night – fireworks.
Saturday – Patriotic Series.
Sunday –Stephen Strasburg Bobblehead
Hey, who’s the new guy?
Calvin Coolidge will make his debut on Friday night.
Are they ever going to build something at that ugly hole between Metro and the ballpark?
Yes, just announced by JD, residential and mixed use approved with 2018 ETA.
What year did the Giants first play a MLB (since 1876) team from Washington?