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Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 07-14-2019


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.

Prediction

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

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Last Injuries

Washington Nationals

  • Koda Glover

    Forearm
    out for season | 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 for the remainder of the season.

  • Victor Robles

    Hamstring
    Prob Mon | probable

    Robles has a mild right hamstring strain. It is anticipated that he will be available for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.

  • Kurt Suzuki

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    Suzuki is dealing with injuries to his left wrist and head. It is expected that he will suit up for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals.

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 33 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Cesar Hernandez 158 152 596 73 167 29 3 13 70 241 9 96 2 .280 .404 .333
Jean Segura 144 141 576 79 161 37 4 12 60 242 10 73 2 .280 .420 .323
J.T. Realmuto 145 133 538 92 148 36 3 25 83 265 9 123 1 .275 .493 .328
Phil Gosselin 41 6 56 4 15 3 0 0 7 18 0 14 0 .268 .321 .293
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 67 0 200 87 6 45 10 1 24 0 0 2 24 1111
Jose Alvarez 66 1 174 49 1 65 8 4 25 0 0 0 18 968
Juan Nicasio 46 0 139 44 2 55 4 5 27 0 0 5 21 820
Adam Morgan 40 0 89 29 3 20 4 1 14 0 0 1 10 463
Edgar Garcia 36 0 111 44 0 36 10 2 24 0 0 1 26 697
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
J.T. Realmuto 145 133 0 49 43 9 0 8
Andrew Knapp 72 28 0 16 4 3 0 3
Drew Butera 14 12 0 4 1 0 0 0
Aaron Altherr 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Haseley 64 56 0 0 0 1 4 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
Andrew Stevenson 28 3 26 4 9 1 1 0 0 12 0 9 0 .346 .462 .485
Howie Kendrick 120 69 330 60 114 23 1 17 62 190 2 49 1 .345 .576 .396
Kyle McGowin 7 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Anthony Rendon 144 144 539 116 173 43 3 34 124 324 5 84 1 .321 .601 .411
Trea Turner 119 119 508 94 151 36 5 18 55 251 34 108 5 .297 .494 .354
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 76 0 209 79 3 64 5 3 36 0 0 6 25 1182
Sean Doolittle 62 0 177 66 2 62 10 2 26 0 0 3 15 1054
Matt Grace 51 1 140 35 2 61 11 0 34 0 0 1 10 704
Tanner Rainey 51 0 142 73 4 32 6 2 22 0 0 3 38 892
Tony Sipp 36 0 63 18 1 19 1 0 12 0 0 0 9 363
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Kurt Suzuki 83 68 1 45 5 3 0 6
Pedro Severino 96 83 1 42 13 8 0 13
Yan Gomes 96 89 0 41 18 4 0 8
Adam Eaton 148 140 0 0 0 6 3 0
Adrian Sanchez 27 1 0 0 0 1 0 0