PHI: 68-52, 2nd in NL East.
WAS: 52-69, 5th in NL East.
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports
Fri: Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33) vs. Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24)
Sat: Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 2.97) vs. Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.45)
Sun: Scott Olsen (3-5, 5.14) vs. Roy Oswalt (8-13, 3.36)
Fri: 7:05, CSN
Sat: 7:05, CSN
Sun: 1:35, MyPHL 17
All games on 1210 AM
Hot (last 7) – Shane Victorino: .391 (9-for-23), 4 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, .440 OBP, .962 OPS.
Not (last 7) – Raul Ibanez: .107 (3-for-28), 2 R, 3B, RBI, 4 K.
Overview: The Phillies lead the series 5-4. The Phillies are in the middle of a playoff race while Washington is looking to play spoiler to any contender they face. Washington failed at it with the Braves and will hopefully not be effective against the Phils.
The Nationals 21-42 on the road, more good news for the Phillies. The Phils thrive in their home park, as they should, with a 40-21 record.
Ryan Howard could be back very very soon. His updated report was that he could return this weekend, as early as Sunday. He was originally to be back by Monday. If all goes according to plan and no one dies, the Phillies will have their projected line up in tact for the first time since May/June.
Roy-squared is pitching this weekend. Both are looking to drop their ERA’s. Doc is making a case for himself for the Cy Young and Oswalt is hoping to keep up the good work and become a reliable number three on a team loaded with talent. Kyle Kendrick will also look to improve on his recent success.
The Phillies still sit 2 1/2 games back to the Braves after both teams lost last night. With Atlanta playing the Cubs and the Phils playing the Nationals, expect that margin to stay about the same, barring one team slips up against a weaker foe.
*Sorry I forgot to change the Giants record from the previous series.