Phillies v. Nationals
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 5-5
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 37-20 when getting on the board first but just 21-52 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 3-59 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 45-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 33-27 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 37-18 when out-hitting opponents but 14-47 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 157-115 since 2005 in the month of August, the best record in the National League and second best in the majors behind only the Yankees in that span.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 439-322.
Place: 1st in NL East
Last 10: 9-1
- The Nationals have had success against the Phillies over their last 61 games dating back to May 31st, 2011 going 37-24 over that span.
- Washington needs to win big over Philadelphia as they are just 21-30 in one-run games against the Phillies since 2005.
- Overall the Nationals are 77-101 against the Phillies and 46-61 all-time at Citizens Bank Park.
- The Nationals are not good in series openers going just 20-22 but are 24-13-5 in their series this season.
- Washington has found some success in the second half of the season going 24-12 since the All-Star break, including a 17-6 mark in the month of August.
- The Nationals have scored 167 runs in August to lead the National League and are second in the majors to only Minnesota (168).
12-7, 2.80 ERA, 1.09 WHIP
Roark, 27, threw seven shutout innings allowing five hits and a walk along with two strikeouts on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks earning the no-decision. In three career games (two starts) against the Phillies, Roark is 2-1 with a 5.54 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. In two career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
6-14, 4.42 ERA, 1.41 WHIP
Burnett, 37, allowed five runs on six hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners. He has lost six straight decisions. In 21 career games (20 starts) against the Nationals, Burnett is 10-5 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. In 21 career games (20 starts) at Citizens Bank Park, he is 6-9 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.