The Washington Nationals will try again Saturday to cool off Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera.
That is something nobody has been able to in more than a week.
Herrera homered for the fifth straight game and finished with four hits Friday night, helping the Phillies rout the Washington Nationals 12-2 in the opener of a three-game series.
He is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with six homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI in his last eight games and raised his season average to .308.
I don’t think there’s any words for it. I mean it’s simply incredible what he can do, Friday’s starter and winner Zac Eflin said.
The thing with Odubel is that he can shake off anything at any given time. … It can look like he’s struggling and then next pitch he hits it 440 feet.
My command really wasn’t where it usually is, Nola told mlb.com. My fastball was cutting a little bit and missing off the plate a little bit. They had a good approach against me.
Against the Nationals, Nola is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 starts. Harper is 8-for-17 with two home runs versus Nola, Daniel Murphy is 8-for-20 and Anthony Rendon is 4-for-17.
Fedde makes his fourth start of the season for Washington and third since replacing injured Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. He’s coming off a loss to the Yankees on Monday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
He pitched well except when he made one mistake, Martinez told the Washington Post, referring to Aaron Hicks’ two-run homer in the fifth. We were very, very excited to see this.
Fedde will be making his first career start against the Phillies.
Covey endured a turbulent 2017 campaign but has performed much better this time around. The 26-year-old went five straight starts without a defeat before falling short in his most recent outing Monday against the Cleveland Indians. He gave up four earned runs on six hits over six innings in that 6-2 defeat.