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Orioles, Nationals take interleague spotlight

Who would have thought that one of the highlights of the first weekend of interleague play would be – the

Orioles

and the

Nationals

?

But that’s the case. This year’s beltway series will feature two teams that are among the best teams in baseball.

The Orioles (25-14) will head to

Nationals Park

this weekend just a half-game behind the

Dodgers

for the best record in baseball.  And the Nationals (23-15) have been regularly atop the competitive

NL East

. They’re a half-game behind the

Braves

.

Baseball is starting to take notice. Saturday’s game will be a regional "

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on Fox" broadcast.

Both teams have ridden quality pitching performances, so below we take a look at how the Orioles and Nationals pitching staffs compare.

It looks like the Nats might have a bit of an advantage, but few have been able to count the Orioles out this season, especially on the road.

Catgory            Orioles               Nationals

ERA             3.41 (6

th

in MLB)              3.29 (1

st

in MLB)

Runs           164 (17

th

in MLB)             112 (1

st

in MLB)

Strikeouts            281 (15

th

in MLB)          329 (1

st

in MLB)

WHIP           1.25 (7

th

in MLB)             1.11 (1

st

in MLB)

Saves          17 (1

st

in MLB)                13 (5

th

in MLB)

Oppsing BA        .282 (11

th

in MLB)             .219 (No. 3 in MLB)

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