After a rough series against the Braves over the weekend, the Phillies continue their road trip and stretch of division games. Their next stop is Washington as they will take on the Nationals in a four game series. This will be the third series this season that the teams will face each other. Through eight games so far, each team has racked up four wins.

Probable pitching matchups 

Game one: Jake Arrieta (6-5, 4.31 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (5-5, 4.11 ERA) 

Game two: Zach Eflin (6-6, 2.81 ERA) vs. Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.68 ERA)

Game three: Nick Pivetta (4-1, 5.00 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (5-5, 2.81 ERA)

Game four: Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.89 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (7-4, 3.75 ERA)

This series could go either way for the Phillies. The Nationals have played the Phillies very tough this season and could use this series to try and get back in the division race. After losing two out of three to the Braves, the Phillies now sit two and a half games out of first place and should use this series against the fourth place Nationals to get back on track. Both teams are 5-5 in their last ten games, so they will be coming into this series trying to get hot heading into the All-Star break. 

This series has a lot of good pitching matchups. To kick off the series, we will see Jake Arrieta take on Patrick Corbin. Game three will see Nick Pivetta take the hill against Max Scherzer. And in the series finale, Aaron Nola will face off against Stephen Strasburg. These matchups have the potential to make for some good baseball over the next four days.

What to Expect

This is a very winnable series for the Phillies. The Nationals have a losing record at home, and two of their pitchers are on a bit of a cold streak right now. Patrick Corbin is coming into Monday’s game on a three game losing streak, and in game four, Stephen Strasburg is on the mound. He has given up at least five earned runs in two of his last three starts. Game three arguably has the potential to be the best game. Nick Pivetta has been very hot on the mound as of late, and he is facing off against Max Scherzer who has been on an absolute tear. In his last three starts, he is 3-0 and has racked up at least nine strikeouts in each of those games. 

The Phillies have dug themselves a tiny hole in their recent stretch of games. Blowing game one of the Braves series hurt them, and the blowout they took in the series finale is a game to forget. They need to come in and win this series to do some damage control and stay on the Braves’ heels for first place. Also this series is going to be loud as Bryce Harper will be making another return to his former team. 

Stats to keep an eye on

  • The Nationals are 16-17 at home this season.
  • Zach Eflin has a 2.40 ERA over his last seven starts.
  • Rhys Hoskins is batting .348 over his last seven games.
  • Anthony Rendon has hit five home runs over his last seven games.
  • Juan Soto is hitting .296 over his last seven games.