Tanner Roark (14-8, 2.89 ERA) and the Washington Nationals (82-58) go up against Jake Thompson (1-5, 6.48 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) in the second of a four-game division series at Nationals Park. The Phillies won the last game 4-1, and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and will air on CSPh and MASN.
In his last start, Roark pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out three and walking four in a 3-1 loss to the Mets. Daniel Murphy (.345, 83 Rs, 25 HRs, 101 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. The Phillies were unsuccessful against the Braves 2-0 the last time Thompson pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking four. Ryan Howard (.195, 31 Rs, 21 HRs, 49 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The Nationals sit at 42-19 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 26-34.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Phillies have a 19-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 14-63. The Nationals have a 14-33 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 139 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 with 181.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 353 this season. Washington ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 472.
When the Nationals hit at least one home run, they are 63-32. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 52-42 record.