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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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Capacity: 46,528

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Pat Neshek

    Hamstring
    Mid 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.

  • Sean Rodriguez

    Abdominal
    Out 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.

  • Tommy Hunter

    Forearm
    Out 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.

  • Jake Arrieta

    Elbow
    Prob Sun | probable

    Arrieta is expected to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Nationals despite having a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

  • Adam Haseley

    Groin
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Haseley is hampered by a groin injury and will not play Sunday against the Nationals.

  • J.T. Realmuto

    Personal
    Prob Sat | probable

    Realmuto has been reinstated from the paternity list for the birth of his child and is expected to return Saturday to face the Nationals.

  • Jay Bruce

    Achilles
    Out Sat | out

    Bruce will not play Saturday against the Nationals due to mild soreness in both Achilles tendons.

  • Odubel Herrera

    Suspension
    out for season | out

    Herrera has been suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Washington Nationals

  • Max Scherzer

    Back
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Scherzer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain but is expected to return sometime before the end of July.

  • Austen Williams

    Shoulder
    Late 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.

  • Justin Miller

    Shoulder
    Late 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.

  • Kyle Barraclough

    Bicep
    Mid 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.

philadelphia-phillies Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Ranger Suarez 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Cesar Hernandez 92 89 342 42 98 19 3 7 41 144 6 53 2 .287 .421 .337
Scott Kingery 61 52 213 31 60 16 1 11 27 111 6 66 1 .282 .521 .335
J.T. Realmuto 87 79 316 56 87 19 1 11 44 141 4 80 1 .275 .446 .329
Jean Segura 83 83 342 56 94 21 3 10 41 151 7 44 1 .275 .442 .320
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hector Neris 39 0 118 53 2 29 6 0 16 0 0 1 14 677
Jose Alvarez 37 1 104 28 1 36 5 2 16 0 0 0 12 552
Adam Morgan 32 0 70 22 3 16 2 1 11 0 0 1 7 353
Juan Nicasio 32 0 103 31 2 42 3 3 22 0 0 3 15 600
Seranthony Dominguez 27 0 74 29 1 24 3 0 13 0 0 1 12 464
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
J.T. Realmuto 87 79 0 28 27 5 0 6
Andrew Knapp 42 15 0 9 1 2 0 2
Drew Butera 7 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
Aaron Altherr 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Andrew McCutchen 59 59 0 0 0 2 2 0

washington-nationals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Howie Kendrick 75 45 210 40 70 13 0 12 48 119 2 30 1 .333 .567 .386
Kyle McGowin 3 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Anthony Rendon 78 78 291 67 90 23 2 20 62 177 1 50 1 .309 .608 .393
Juan Soto 82 82 299 56 90 15 4 16 59 161 6 76 1 .301 .538 .404
Trea Turner 53 53 225 36 63 16 3 7 22 106 17 60 3 .280 .471 .336
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Wander Suero 43 0 120 50 2 36 4 3 22 0 0 2 13 682
Sean Doolittle 41 0 118 46 2 42 3 1 13 0 0 2 11 701
Matt Grace 39 0 102 22 1 41 7 0 24 0 0 1 8 499
Kyle Barraclough 32 0 76 30 2 32 7 2 20 0 0 0 12 549
Tony Sipp 29 0 51 14 1 17 0 0 9 0 0 0 6 287
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yan Gomes 56 50 0 23 12 3 0 7
Kurt Suzuki 53 42 1 20 3 2 0 4
Pedro Severino 56 49 1 19 10 7 0 8
Adam Eaton 88 84 0 0 0 3 1 0
Adrian Sanchez 18 1 0 0 0 1 0 0