Series Preview: at Washington Nationals

PHI: 33-20, 1st in NL East; WAS: 22-30, 5th in NL East

When: May 30-June 1
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.35) vs Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.71)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50) vs Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26)
Wednesday: Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60) vs John Lannan (2-5, 4.40)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – John Lannan: Usually this is for the opposing player of the the series who will do the most damage against the Phillies. But unfortunately for Lannan and Washington’s sake, he will wind up doing the most damage to himself.

Lannan has been awful in his career against the Phillies. He is winless in his 13 starts, holding a 0-10 record with a 6.44 ERA against the Phils lifetime.

Overview: If I were Washington, I would not be looking forward to these next three games. With their recent struggles, they are heading into a series against three of the best pitchers in baseball and an offense that is starting to wake up.

The Phillies have nearly doubled their season average in runs the last seven games, averaging 6.3 runs per game.

Domonic Brown is turning into an every day player early. He’s hitting .320 (8-for-25) with three doubles and three RBIs. He’s showing more comfort at the plate, creating better at-bats and will eventually take one deep.

His counterpart, who has been playing the entire season in Washington, is not having a good season. With frustrations mounting and realizing that he has trapped himself in a hell not worth living in, Jayson Werth is struggling. He’s hitting .255 with 11 doubles, eight homers and 19 RBIs. Even when he tries to produce, the rest of his team just fizzles out, and it in turn has caused him to “call for a change.”

Money can’t buy you happiness, Jay.

Today’s line up: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Brown RF, Mayberry CF, Halladay P.


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