The Philadelphia Phillies are 12.5 games behind the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves and now sit in second place. The NL East has been dominated by the Braves and everyone else, but the Phillies have put together a strong run for the Wild Card. As the stakes of the series rise, they’ll need a decisive victory here. The starting pitcher will be right-handed Michael Lorenzen.
In their most recent series against the Nationals, the Phillies took home a pair of victories. They enjoy a 6-4 advantage in the season series and have been able to consistently outplay the Nationals this year. They have a 4-3 record over their previous seven games, but they have scored just two runs in their losses. It’s generally a rough night for the Phillies when they can’t get their bats going.
Currently 24 games out of first place in the NL East, the Washington Nationals are in last place. Even if their record isn’t the worst in the league, they won’t be playing for anything in the playoffs after a forgettable season. The Nationals’ postseason hopes hinge on a string of victories, the first of which might come in this series against the Phillies. Their starting pitcher will be Joan Adon.
Though they struggled in their series against the Phillies, the Nationals have been fantastic over their last ten games. During that time, they went 6-4, including a sweep of the Athletics in the series. They’re looking to bounce back from a hitless showing last Wednesday against the Phillies, which dropped their home record to 27-35 on the year. The Nationals are expected to take the field today with an offensive mindset.
Starting pitcher Joan Adon (1-0) has a 5.14 ERA over 14 innings. In his little starting time so far this season, he has been inconsistent. He has started the previous two games he has played in, both of which the Nationals won. Today, the Nationals have a shot thanks to Adon’s off-speed pitching, and he’s pleased to get to throw in front of his home crowd.
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Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals Game Information
- Date: 08/18/2023
- Time: 07:05 PM ET
- Location: Nationals Park.
- How to Watch Phillies vs Nationals: MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV