The Nationals are playing the Phillies, which means it’s time to trot out this stat: Since the start of the 2007 season, the Nationals have lost 54 times in 81 games against the Phillies. That’s not even the scary part – that’s the fact that the Phillies, after a 9-1 road trip, have 77 wins, five more than any other team in baseball.
The news gets no brighter with the pitching matchup. The only time the Nationals faced Cole Hamels this year, back in May, Hamels allowed one run in a complete-game victory. In his last four starts, Hamels has allowed six runs while walking three and striking out 26 in 30 2/3 innings.
Ryan Zimmerman is 14 for 51 in his carrer against Hamels, notable because he carries a 19-game hitting streak into tonight’s game. If he gets a hit, he’ll join Vladimir Guerrero as the only two active players with a 30-game hitting streak and a separate 20-game hitting streak in their careers.
For the Nationals, Livan Hernandez will try to bounce back from a rough start in Colorado, when he recorded only 11 outs. As always, talk about the game right here.