Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 07-14-2019 in MLB
Juan Soto has enjoyed much success at the expense of the Philadelphia Phillies throughout his brief major-league career, and he's taken it a step further this year by twice breaking their heart late in games. The 20-year-old slugger attempts to lead the red-hot Washington Nationals to a sixth consecutive victory and second straight series sweep of the Phillies when the National League East rivals complete their three-game set in Philadelphia on Sunday.
Washington fell behind 4-0 on Saturday and still trailed by one run with two outs in the ninth inning when Soto belted a two-run homer off Phillies closer Hector Neris to send his club to a 4-3 win - its 17th victory in 21 contests. The runner-up for the 2018 NL Rookie of the Year Award, who finished 3-for-5 in the triumph, also worked his late-inning magic against Philadelphia on April 9 as he broke open a tie game with a three-run shot in the 10th inning en route to another victory. The Phillies fell one-half game behind Milwaukee for the NL's second wild card following Saturday's setback and have dropped 14 of their last 22 - a stretch that includes five defeats versus the NL wild card-leading Nationals. After averaging 5.8 runs while splitting the first eight meetings of 2019, Philadelphia has totaled nine during its losing streak against Washington.
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, TBS, MASN (Washington), NBCS Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.66 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (8-7, 4.67)
With regularly scheduled starter Max Scherzer headed to the injured list due to a back strain, Sanchez will try to even his record for the first time this season after going 0-6 with a 5.27 ERA over his first eight turns. The 35-year-old Venezuelan improved to 5-0 with a 2.11 ERA since that rough start on July 4 against Miami as he yielded two runs - one earned - in six innings. Sanchez made three of his first seven starts of the season against Philadelphia, going 0-2 with a 4.40 ERA while issuing 10 walks in 14 1/3 frames.
Arrieta will try to continue pitching through a bone spur in his right elbow, which is the most likely reason he has posted a 6.63 ERA over his last seven outings. The former NL Cy Young Award winner gave up five earned runs and a season-high 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings of a road loss to the New York Mets on July 6. Soto (3-for-7) and Brian Dozier (5-for-11) both have homered twice against Arrieta, who is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts versus Washington this season.
1. Soto is batting .327 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and 26 runs in 26 career games versus the Phillies. The home run, RBI and run totals are his most against any opponent.
2. Philadelphia has dropped 30 of its last 32 contests in which it has scored three or fewer runs and owns a 5-33 record in such games this season.
3. Washington's bullpen worked three scoreless innings on Saturday and has not yielded a home run in 36 consecutive frames.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.333 Kyle McGowin #61 | RP
- HOMERUNS 20 Anthony Rendon #6 | 3B
- RUNS BATTED IN 64 Anthony Rendon #6 | 3B
- STOLEN BASES 18 Trea Turner #7 | SS
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 162 Austen Williams #53 | RP
- WINS 11 Stephen Strasburg #37 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 86 Victor Robles #16 | CF
- SAVES 20 Sean Doolittle #63 | RP
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- Suspensionday-to-day | probable
Neris has been handed a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at a batter. He is appealing the ruling and will be allowed to play until a final decision has been made.
- ForearmOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Hunter has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. A timetable for return has yet to be established.
- ShoulderOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Ramos has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder impingement and will miss an extended length of time.
- ObliqueEarly Aug | 10-day IL
Bruce has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain and is likely to miss at least three weeks as a result.
- AbdominalOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right abdominal strain. There is no timetable for recovery.
- Heelday-to-day | questionable
Segura missed the previous game due to a left heel contusion, and he will not suit up against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
- GroinOut Wed | out
Franco is sidelined with a groin injury and will not take the field against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
- HamstringMid Sept | 60-day IL
Neshek sustained a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is not expected to return until sometime in September.
- BackQues Sun | 10-day IL
Scherzer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. It is unclear if he will be activated for Sunday's game against the Braves.
- ForearmEarly Aug | 60-day IL
Glover has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list with a right forearm strain and will remain out of the lineup until at least the beginning of August.
- ShinQues Wed | questionable
Soto is nursing soreness in his shin, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Orioles on Wednesday.
- ShoulderLate July | 10-day IL
Williams has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He is expected to be idle until at least the end of July.
- ShoulderLate July | 10-day IL
Miller has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain and has suffered a setback during his rehabilitation assignment. He is likely to be out of action until at least the latter part of July.
- BicepMid July | 10-day IL
Barraclough has landed on the 10-day injured list with right radial nerve irritation, and he is expected to be away from the mound until at least the middle of July.
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