RHP Kendrick (8-6, 3.22 ERA) pitched five innings while giving up only one run on a Logan Morrison solo home run last Thursday in the first game of a day night doubleheader with the Marlins. Kendrick got the win in his first start in 21 days (Note: Kendrick has the same number of wins as Roy Oswalt  and a lower ERA [3.22 compared to 3.66])
LHP Detwiler (2-5, 3.76 ERA) went 5 2/3 innings against the Mets in his last start where he earned a no decision despite allowing just one hit and no earned runs over the first five innings. He gave up two earned in the sixth and couldn’t close out the frame.
As noted last night, the Phillies have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Due to this, the Phillies do not have much to play for anymore. The only thing they are chasing is the best record in franchise history. They can tie the mark (101 wins) with three more wins and break it with four more wins. The Phillies have ten games remaining and are 4-6 in their previous ten games. The Phillies are expected to rest some of their starters this week.
The Nationals come in surprisingly hot. They have won 7 of their last ten and are looking to close the season out on a high note. Unfortunately those wins have not been against quality opponents. The Nationals haven’t played a team in the playoff hunt since September 1st when they played the Braves. The Nationals get a chance to play spoiler this weekend when they face off against the Braves in a three game set. Stephen Strasburg, Chin-Ming Wang, and Ross Detwiler are the three expected starters to square off against Atlanta.
As for tonight’s game, Detwiler has not exactly had success against the Phillies. In five games against the Phillies, Detwiler is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA. Another stat that is favoring the Phillies is that Detwiler has never won a game on the road. He is 0-9 with a 4.76 in 18 road games (12 starts). The Nationals are tied for third with the Mets in the NL East. They have not finished that high since they were the Expos back in 2002 when they finished second to the Braves.