Phillies @ Nationals
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 6-4
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 34-18 when getting on the board first but just 15-42 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 2-50 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 39-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 28-24 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 33-16 when out-hitting opponents but 10-40 when getting outhit.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 430-312.
- Philadelphia has lost 14 of their last 21 games against the Nationals.
- Despite all the poor play at the plate of the Phillies, Grady Sizemore still had a good night last night going 2-for-4.
- Marlon Byrd also had a good night going 2-for-4 at the plate.
- Andres Blanco had the only extra-base hit for the Phillies last night with a double.
- Ben Revere went 1-for-4 at the top of the Phillies order.
- Jimmy Rollins was the only other Phillie to record a hit going 1-for-3.
Place: 1st in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- Nationals are 76-101 all-time against the Phillies but 30-30 against Philadelphia at Nationals Park.
- The magic number for the Nationals seems to be four runs as they are 50-6 when scoring four or more runs but just 9-43 when scoring three or fewer.
- Washington is 12-3-2 in series play since May 30th with three sweeps in that time, including one over the Phillies.
- Since May 30th the Nationals are 34-22 overall.
- The Nationals have had 10 or more men reach base safely in 21 of their last 23 games dating back to July 5th.
- Washington leads the National League and is third in MLB in run differential at +76.
- Anthony Rendon paced the Nationals last night going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs to go along with his 11th stolen base of the season.
- Rendon was just a triple shy of the cycle.
- Asdrubal Cabrera had his first impact game for the Nationals going 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored.
- Denard Span had a great game going 2-for-4 with an RBI, his 21st stolen base of the season and two runs scored.
- Adam LaRoche ripped an RBI double and scored a run.
- Ian Desmond went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and an RBI.
- Wilson Ramos had a two-hit game including an RBI single.
- Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper both hit RBI singles and both scored a run.
6-5, 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
Hamels, 30, threw eight shutout innings allowing just six hits and no walks with eight strikeouts in Tuesday win over the Mets. In 29 career starts against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-6 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. In eight career starts at Nationals Park, he is 4-2 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
7-9, 3.55 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
Strasburg, 26, allowed one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins. In nine career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. In 52 career starts at Nationals Park, he is 19-12 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.