Having come back to .500 for the umpteenth time this season, the Phillies host the Nationals for a four-game series and look to finally move and stay above .500.
The Nats are four games behind the Phillies, but have essentially the same run differential. They haven’t been that bad, at least until very recently.
However they’re coming off a 3-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Orioles, so we can either look at it as the wheels are coming off for Washington, or (for many) that the Nats are due for some wins.
Spencer Howard takes the mound for the Phillies, and looks to at least match the strong three innings of his last start.
Ronald Torreyes is at third base tonight, and the slumping Odubel Herrera inexplicably will start in CF:
Meanwhile, for the Nats, behind righty Joe Ross: