Orioles, Nationals take interleague spotlight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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 "MLB 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 (6th in MLB)              3.29 (1st in MLB)
Runs           164 (17th in MLB)             112 (1st in MLB)
Strikeouts            281 (15th in MLB)          329 (1st in MLB)
WHIP           1.25 (7th in MLB)             1.11 (1st in MLB)
Saves          17 (1st in MLB)                13 (5th in MLB)
Oppsing BA        .282 (11th in MLB)             .219 (No. 3 in MLB)