Phillies @ Nationals
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- The Phillies are 2-6 on Tuesdays this season and 12-25 on weekdays altogether.
- Philadelphia is 1-24 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 17-3 when leading after eight innings.
- The Phillies played 48 innings over their last four games leading up to tonight's series-opener.
- Jimmy Rollins is 10 hits shy of breaking the Phillies franchise records for hits in a career.
- Jonathan Papelbon is one save away from 300 in his career.
Place: 3rd in NL East
Last 10: 3-7
- The Nationals lost seven of nine before winning their weekend series against the Rangers.
- Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann has allowed 15 runs in his last 22.2 innings of work entering tonight.
- The Nationals lead Major League Baseball with a bullpen ERA of 2.19 and are one of two teams (along with the Padres) to have a bullpen ERA below 2.50.
- Washington's middle-infielder lead all MLB middle-infielders with 18 home runs with Colorado coming in second with 15 home runs by their middle-infielders.
- With his home run on Friday, shortstop Ian Desmond moved into sole-possession of second place on the Nationals all-time home run list with 77. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tops the list at 181 home runs since 2005.
- The Nationals are 23-2 when scoring four or more runs but just 4-26 when failing to score four runs.
1-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
Buchanan, 25, allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work Thursday against the Mets getting his first Major League loss. he is making his first road start of his Major League career.
3-2, 4.07 ERA, 1.46 WHIP
Zimmermann, 28, allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings of work Wednesday against the Marlins earning the no-decision. In 10 career starts against the Phillies, Zimmermann is 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. In 65 career starts at Nationals Park, he is 25-17 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.