The Beltway Series is a special time of the baseball season for the DMV area. No other area in all of sports has as unique a situation as we do with the Nationals and Orioles in terms of the history (or lack thereof) and the fan bases.
So with a special series comes a special podcast as Byron Kerr and I welcome Brian Eller, co-host of the Yard Work podcast with MASNsports.com's Orioles writer Steve Melewski, to a crossover episode of District 34.
To begin, we look back at the O's 4-3 win over the Nats in Game 1 of the Battle of the Beltways. Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start and placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness, a move Strasburg and the Nats say was precautionary. What does that mean for Strasburg and the Nats moving forward? And how did A.J. Cole do in his spot start against the Orioles' Dylan Bundy?
Then we look ahead at each team's respective road to the postseason this season, with the Nats firmly leading the National League East, but the Orioles fighting for their playoff lives.
And of course, we discuss the rivalry. What makes this series such an interesting rivalry? How could it be improved? And how do the fans treat it, and do the players treat it the same way?
With so many interesting aspects of this series to discuss, you don't want to miss this District 34-Yard Work crossover episode.
Thanks to Brian for joining us, and we hope we can do more crossover episodes in the future. Enjoy!