Preview: Beating the Nationals is as easy as Philadelphia Phillies fans say it is
The Philadelphia Phillies will open up a weekend series with the Washington Nationals tonight at 7:05PM.
On the season, the Phillies are 66-55 and 6-4 over their last 10 games.
Away from Citizens Bank Park, they hold a 32-31 record.
In the NL Wild Card, the Phillies currently hold onto the first place spot with a 2-game advantage on the San Francisco Giants. Worth noting, the Giants will head to CBP for three games starting Monday, which could set the tone for how things shake out as the MLB schedule rolls into September.
Check out the run differentials among the NL Wild Card contenders.
Personally, I think that’s a clear indicator of teams that should be considered a threat compared to teams who really don’t have any business in the postseason. Pretty interesting.
Phillies Hunt for Red October
The Phillies split a 2-game series in Toronto earlier this week, winning the second game of the series 9-4 mainly in part to finally coming alive at the plate. Bryce Harper went 3-4 with two home runs, two RBI, and a walk while scoring three runs in the winning effort.
“Beating Philadelphia isn’t as hard as Philadelphians say it is…”
Tonight, they’ll open up a weekend series against the bottom feeders of the NL East in the Washington Nationals.
A tweet that will go down in history.
The Phillies are 42-16 against the Washington Nationals since this mistake was sent on August 25, 2020.
Casty, Turner stay hot in August
Along with Harper, Nick Castellanos has remained hot in the month of August. Casty is hitting .313 with 20 hits, six home runs, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored over 15 games this month.
Then of course, we have Trea Turner, who has finally come alive in August after a movie-like resurgence in on the Phillies’ 10-game homestead. Turner is batting .310 with 18 hits, two home runs, 10 RBIs, and 8 runs scored in 15 game this month.
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Phillies vs Nationals Pitching Matchups
- Michael Lorenzen (7-7, 3.23 ERA) vs Joan Adon (1-0, 5.14 ERA)
- Cristopher Sanchez (1-3, 3.39 ERA) vs Jake Irvin (3-5, 4.77 ERA)
- Ranger Suarez (2-6, 3.88 ERA) vs Trevor Williams (5.20 ERA)
Game 3 Note: Sunday’s game will be played on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball from Williamsport, PA in the 2023 MLB Little League Classic.
Michael Lorenzen vs Joan Adon
Lorenzen finally takes the mound again after throwing a no-hitter against the Washington Nationals. On August 9th, Lorenzen dazzled through nine innings, throwing 124 total pitches in his no-hit bid. He struck out five and walked four while throwing 76 of 124 pitches for strikes, inducing 12 fly-ball outs.
While he might not throw nine hitless every night, Lorenzen remaining productive and dare I say dominant, has been thrusted into the upmost importance for the Phillies given the fact that Aaron Nola continues to struggle and Taijuan Walker, while winning baseball games, hasn’t been reliable enough to secure the No. 2 rotation spot in the postseason.
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Joan Adon will be making his third start of the season. In his last outing, he picked up a win with a “quality start” against the Cincinnati Reds, throwing six innings and allowing three earned runs.
Adon is 0-2 with a 8.00 ERA against the Phillies during his career so all things considered, tonight the Phillies need to stay focused and blow the Nationals out of the water.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals – 7:05PM
|Philadelphia Phillies||-1.5 (-115)||-186||O 9|
|Washington Nationals||+1.5 (-104)||+156||U 9|
Wouldn’t it be nice to sweep the Nationals and enter a 3-series homestand to close out the month of August?
I think so too.
However, the Phillies will likely take 2 of 3 this weekend. A sweep would definitely be nice but this team has a knack for coughing up at least one winnable game every series.
Win tonight. Lose tomorrow. Win Sunday night.