Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 77-40, 1st in NL East; WAS: 56-61, 4th in NL East

When: August 12-14
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.53) vs Livan Hernandez (6-11, 4.41)
Saturday: Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84) vs John Lannan (8-7, 3.56)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51) vs TBA

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Mike Morse: Morse had shown some promise last season for the Nationals, hitting .289 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs in 98 games. He proved this year that last season’s production wasn’t a fluke with his remarkable break-out season. Morse is hitting .319 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs. He’s provided Washington with a spark that newly acquired Jayson Werth did not supply the 4th place Nationals.

Series Overview: The Phillies lead the season series 6-3, winning two of the three series.

Since joining the Phillies on July 30, Hunter Pence is hitting .347 (17-for-49) with three doubles, three homers and nine RBIs. The Phillies are also 11-1 in the 12 games Pence has been a member of this team.

The Phillies have positioned themselves 8.5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves, who have been winning in stride with the Phillies. They are also 10 games ahead of the next division leader, Milwaukee Brewers, and 4.5 games ahead of Boston, the American League’s leader.

Shane Victorino’s suspension is still under appeal. If he was going to miss any three-game span, it should be this one. Victorino is having a remarkable bounce-back season for the Phils, hitting .312 with 20 doubles, 12 triples, 12 homers, 41 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Any update on Victorino’s suspension will be in its own post.

Our good friend Jayson Werth is hitting .227 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs. Ladies and gentlemen, $126 million. I’ll take that Pence guy instead.

The Phillies are red hot and coming off a 20-in-20 stretch. The day off yesterday will either recharge the Phils batteries or cool them down. But playing against a Nationals team who sits comfortably 20 games back in the division will help the Phils either way in staying hot.

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