Washington Nationals (52-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (68-52)
Jason Marquis (0-5, 14.33 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (15-8, 2.24 ERA)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 86 Degrees
TV: CSN Philly
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On paper, this is a series that the Phillies should win. After all, they are playing a last place team. The Phillies lead the Wild Card and trail the division by 2.5 games, but the Nationals aren’t exactly playing for nothing. Yes, they are in last place, but compared to last year they have greatly improved. Who knows, after inking Bryce Harper to a multi-million dollar major league deal and having Stephen Strasburg at the top of the rotation, the Nationals could be a few years away from contending. But right now they are still bad. Not quite terrible, but still fairly bad. They are seven wins shy of matching last year’s win total, and it’s only the middle of August. They want to finish the year strong, and are now in spoiler mode.
Roy Halladay starts for the Phillies, and it’s pretty well know what he can do on the hill. He is 6-1 with a 2.43 earned run average in his career against Washington. Halladay’s opposition is Jason Marquis, who spent most of the season on the disabled list. He has struggled since returning. It doesn’t help that he has a 5.51 ERA in his career against the Phillies.
Your gameday beer: Today is a good day to promote a hefeweizen. Here is Penn Weizen by the Pennsylvania Brewery. It carries all the essential hefeweizen ingredients (cloves and fruit), and is an above-average value that sits at a pretty re-drinkable 5 percent alcohol volume. I’d eat a chicken salad sandwich with this one. — By Tim