Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) got rocked last Wednesday allowing five runs on five hits (three homeruns) in just two innings of work getting the loss against the Nationals. Kendrick is looking to bounce back after the same Nationals lineup tagged him for three long homeruns. He is also looking to tie his career high in wins with 11 tonight in his last start of the season.
John Lannan (4-0, 4.23 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) went 5.1 innings allowing two runs on five hits in last Wednesday’s 8-4 over the Phillies. He got a good lead to work with as the Nationals jumped out 5-0 after two innings only to have the Phillies chip away to cut it to 5-4. Lannan was the Nationals Opening Day starter in 2009 and 2010 before losing his spot in the rotation. Against the Phillies in his career, Lannan is 3-12 with a 5.64 ERA in 17 starts and is 3-2 in his last five starts against Philadelphia. Since August 1, 2010, he has allowed three earned runs or less in 41 of his 49 MLB starts.
The Phillies are looking to play spoiler as they head to D.C. for their final three games. They are looking to clinch their 10th consecutive winning season and to avoid their first losing season since 2002 when they were 80-81. Ryan Howard, who reportedly broke his toe when a batting practice weight was dropped on his foot, will sit out tonight as will Jimmy Rollins. Since the Nationals moved to D.C. the Phillies are 41-29.
The Nationals are tied with the Reds for MLB’s best winning percentage. This series is extremely important for the Nationals because they can wrap up the NL East and home field advantage throughout the playoffs (thanks to PED using Melky Cabrera’s clutch All-Star Game) but neither of these things is a given (the NL East is close but home field is not). First baseman Adam LaRoche is one RBI short of his second 100 RBI season of his career and first since he drove in 100 as a member of the Braves in 2006. The Nationals are 7-8 against the Phillies this year and 3-3 at home. On the season, they are getting outscored 56-50 by the Phillies.
1. Frandsen 3B
2. Mayberry CF
3. Utley 2B
4. Ruiz C
5. Wigginton 1B
6. Brown RF
7. Ruf LF
8. Martinez SS
9. Kendrick P
First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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