July 3, 2020

Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview

After taking two-of-three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Washington Nationals now return home to take on the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series.


Washington Nationals (79-59, 1st in NL East) vs Philadelphia Phillies (64-75, 5th in NL East)


Game 1: Friday, September 5 @ 7:05 PM EST

Game 2: Saturday, September 6 @ 4:05 PM EST

Game 3: Sunday, September 7 @ 1:35 PM EST

Probable Pitchers (Season Stats; Career vs Opponent)

Game 1: Stephen Strasburg (11-10, 3.49; 4-1, 2.14) vs Jerome Williams (5-5, 5.23; 0-1, 3.68)

Game 2: Tanner Roark (12-9, 2.91; 2-2, 4.74) vs A.J. Burnett (7-15, 4.40; 11-5, 3.29)

Game 3: Gio Gonzalez (7-9, 3.89; 5-4, 3.19) vs Cole Hamels (8-6, 2.50; 15-7, 2.58)

Players to Watch


  • Denard Span: .298 BA, .348 OBP, 160 H, 36 doubles, 85 R, 27 SB
  • Ian Desmond: .246 BA, .415 SLG, 19 doubles, 22 HR, 81 RBI, 17 SB
  • Jayson Werth: .288 BA, .455 SLG, 31 doubles, 16 HR, 76 RBI
  • Anthony Rendon: .277 BA, .462 SLG, 35 doubles, 6 triples, 18 HR, 73 RBI, 15 SB


  • Ben Revere: .314 BA, .369 SLG, 11 doubles, 7 triples, 20 RBI, 42 SB
  • Marlon Byrd: .266 BA, .463 SLG, 24 doubles, 25 HR, 78 RBI
  • Ryan Howard: .224 BA, .379 SLG, 16 doubles, 20 HR, 87 RBI
  • Chase Utley: .276 BA, .345 OBP, 29 doubles, 5 triples, 11 HR, 71 RBI

Notables on the Injury Report


  • Ryan Zimmerman: Manager Matt Williams provided insight Wednesday on how Zimmerman will be used when he returns, but that doesn’t appear to be anytime soon.
  • Adam LaRoche: LaRoche is listed as day-to-day with a back injury, but practically played a full game after subbing in the ninth inning Tuesday. He went 2-for-3 with a homer and 5 RBI in extra’s.


  • Mario Hollands: Relief pitcher Mario Hollands is currently listed as day-to-day and will have his forearm examined by a doctor Thursday. On the season, he holds a 4.40 ERA over 47 innings.

Series Notes

The Phillies and Nationals have met 16 already this season, evenly splitting those contests at 8-8, but Washington does hold the scoring advantage 72-56. The last time these two teams played was to start off the Nationals’ recent road trip in Philadelphia where the Nats were swept.

With a seven-game lead over the second place Atlanta Braves in the NL East, the Nationals have plenty of cushion coming down the final stretch. Against a mediocre team in which they’ve obviously struggled, that’s a good thing.

You certainly never want to overlook your current opponent, but looking ahead you’ll see that the Nationals play an NL East opponent for the remainder of their games. Luckily, this will be the last time they play the Phillies, who certainly look poised to be a spoiler team right now. The point being, Washington needs to have a good showing here to kickoff the final push to the playoffs.


Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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