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Gamethread: Nationals at Phillies 2

We've got them right where we want them.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

We've got them right where we want them.
Intentionally lulling the Nats into a false sense of security by allowing an easy win yesterday in order to crush them today is a masterstroke of the highest order.

Hopefully that's what Pete Mackanin and the Phillies have planned. It could be they've planned something else instead.

Aaron Nola was quite good in his first start against Cincinnati, and a little less so in his second against San Diego, but he went seven innings in both. The Phillies' bullpen could use another performance like that tonight. Washington's Max Scherzer has an excellent pedigree, but in his last start, he gave up four runs to the 1-9 (audible gasps) Atlanta Braves. So anything is possible.

First pitch is theoretically at 7:05PM in Philly, or 3:05PM if you're in Alaska; the broadcast is on TCN and 94 WIP. Let's go Phils!

Today's Lineups

Michael Taylor - CF Cesar Hernandez- 2B
Anthony Rendon - 3B Odubel Herrera - CF
Bryce Harper - RF Maikel Franco - 3B
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Ryan Howard - 1B
Daniel Murphy - 2B Darin Ruf - LF
Jayson Werth - LF Freddy Galvis - SS
Wilson Ramos - C Cameron Rupp - C
Danny Espinosa - SS Cedric Hunter - RF
Max Scherzer - RHP Aaron Nola - RHP