Series Preview: at Washington Nationals
July 31, 2012
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PHI: 45-57, 5th in NL East; WAS: 61-40, 1st in NL East
When: July 31-August 2
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.95) vs Stephen Strasburg (11-4, 2.76)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88) vs Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52)
Thursday: Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31) vs Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24)
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM
Player to Watch – SS Ian Desmond: There hasn’t been a real stand out star for the Nats but Desmond has been doing a lot of work this year that has alluded to Washington’s success. Desmond is hitting .286 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs
Series Overview: This could be the series that unofficially puts the Phillies season to close. With the tables completely turned from the last five years, the first place Nationals will host the last place Phils, who probably can’t wait for this season to end.
Washington is hot, winning eight of its last 10 heading into this series while holding a 16.5 game lead on the Phillies. Washington leads the season series, 4-2.
There are 60 games left in the season and the Phillies need to go 57-3 just to win 92 games while sitting 13 games out of the Wild Card. The hole they’re in is huge. It may just be time to look forward to next season.