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Game Thread 9/9: Phillies at Nationals

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Oh Rhys, what can you do for me today?

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The Phillies take on the Nationals again in game 142, which means this is the 142nd time the Phillies have played the Nationals in 2018. Here are your lineups:

Today's Lineups

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Cesar Hernandez - 2B Trea Turner - SS
Freddy Galvis - SS Howie Kendrick - LF
Nick Williams - RF Daniel Murphy - 2B
Rhys Hoskins - 1B Ryan Zimmerman - 1B
Odubel Herrera - CF Anthony Rendon - 3B
Maikel Franco - 3B Michael Taylor - CF
Hyun Soo Kim - LF Alejandro De Aza - RF
Cameron Rupp - C Raudy Read - C
Mark Leiter - RHP Edwin Jackson - RHP

No JP Crawford tonight, as he’s too old to be playing this many games in a row. I kid, of course. It truly has to be hard for Mackanin to make out lineu......I can’t even make a straight face. As I wrote before, Crawford should be playing every day, but with tonight’s lineup, I’m not sure where. He’ll just have to take a night off. Good, I guess. Also, no Tommy Joseph this evening. At least there’s that.

My only qualm with this lineup is Odubel Herrera hitting 5th and Freddy Galvis hitting second....again. I’m just not seeing it. A guy with a .307 OBP should be hitting that high in the order. The two hole is usually where a team wants its best hitter. Herrera has a strong case as being just such a player in his lineup (if you said Rhys Hoskins, I wouldn’t argue), but I just don’t see why Galvis has such a foothold there. Sure, statistically, it’s been the spot in which he has performed the best (.278/.329/.394), but if it came down to who gets an extra at bat late in a tight game, I’d rather see Odubel than Freddy. That’s just me.

Tonight, they are facing Edwin Jackson, who last I checked, was pitching for his 300th team tonight. Congratulations, Edwin!

I’ll just leave these two tidbits here, in case you missed them. First, for all you Odubel-haters:

And, here’s another amazing feat by Rhys:

Enjoy the game, and discuss below!