2018 Gameday

Phillies at Nationals Series Preview

After taking two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals, the Philadelphia Phillies will travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals this weekend. Though this is just the second time that the Phillies and Nationals have squared off this season – the Phillies lost two of three in Washington in early May – the two sides are going to get very familiar with each other over the next week. After a three-game set in Washington this weekend, the Phillies will welcome the Nationals to Citizens Bank Park four four games next weekend.

First, here’s a look at what will take place in the nation’s capital this weekend.

What to expect

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Division games are always important, though it’s fair to wonder if this isn’t one of the most important series that these two franchises have ever played against each other. The Phillies and Nationals are now tied for second place in the National League East and are tied for the second and final National League Wild Card spot. Although there is still a good portion of the season left, a series win this weekend could give the Phillies momentum to land a playoff spot this season.

Weekend Matchups

Friday June 22nd 7:05pm: Zach Eflin (4-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.87 ERA)
Zach Eflin is looking to stay hot after getting a win in his last three starts. Over those starts, he has only given up four earned runs over 18.2 innings pitched. He’ll be going up against Nationals’ Tanner Roark, who is in the midst of a slump. In his last seven games, Roark is 1-4 with an ERA of 4.62. In his last outing, he was chased out after only four innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits.

Saturday, June 23rd 4:05pm: Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.55 ERA) vs. Erick Fedde (0-2, 5.63)
If the Phillies are a team that’s going to remain in contention for the entirety of the 2018 season, this needs to be a relatively easy win. Nola will be looking to get back into the All-Star form that he has shown all season after his shaky start on Sunday in Milwaukee. Nola will be facing off against Fedde, who so far this season has not been able to break five innings.

Sunday, June 24th 8:05pm: Nick Pivetta (4-6, 4.08 ERA) vs. Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66 ERA)
To close out the series, the Phillies will have Nick Pivetta on the mound going up against Jefry Rodriguez on national TV. Pivetta will get the ball after a career outing on Monday where he posted a career-high in strikeouts with 13. He went 7.1 innings on Monday against the Cardinals and gave up just four hits, but ended the game with a no-decision.The Nationals will counter with Jefry Rodriguez on the mound. He just made his first career start on Tuesday, where he went five innings and gave up five runs on four hits.



  1. pamikeydc

    June 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Your times are way off! Sat is a 4p game and Sun is the 8p espn game.

  2. Craig Glessner

    June 22, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I say it’s time to recreate a crazy trade proposal for the Phillies. Altheer,Franco, Santana, Dominguez, and throw in a minor leaguer Kilome. Bring your underdog mask home to Philly Mike Trout. Next season we pay for Machado. Cozens can replace Altheer when he gets healthy,Franco isn’t allowed to play for some crazy reason anyways, Hoskins moves back to first base, and Dominguez is a relief pitcher (I really do like) but I was also a big Ken Giles fan and I think that trade went well for us. GO PHILLIES

    • Vernon Dozier

      June 23, 2018 at 6:34 am

      The Angels won’t trade Trout – especially for a package like that. Franco and Altherr have zero value, and Santana is basically in his decline years. That won’t get you best player in baseball.

      The crazy reason why Franco was benched is because statistically he was the worst third baseman in the game last season, and things haven’t improved this year. At best, Altherr is a fourth outfielder.


      #BeBold #ElTorito

  3. Craig Glessner

    June 23, 2018 at 7:41 am

    OK so are we trying to say Valentien is better at third than Franco. If Franco is putting up bad numbers Crawford must be putting up disastrous numbers offensively. Let’s vote Philly Nation I know Crawford is injured right now but who would you want at third base in September when every game counts. Franco, Crawford, or Valentien. I will root for whoever we put out there but I vote for Franco. Blue and Red til I’m cold and dead GO PHILLIES

    • Vernon Dozier

      June 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      That’s not actually the point though. Is Franco the Phillies’ best option at thirdbase right now? Probably. Is he the type of player that can be packaged for the best player in baseball (as you suggested)? Not even close.

      #BeBold #ElTorito

  4. Craig Glessner

    June 24, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Thank you Mikael some people say you have no trade value good game yesterday. Actually looking at my (crazy) trade proposal for Trout, Franco and Santana would be upgrades at first and third over their current starters, and they would be receiving a multi inning Solid reliever, an outfielder to replace Trout and a top 10 minor league pitching prospect who should be in the majors next season at some point. Everyone agrees Trout may be the best player in the league but how is that working out for the Angels right now. They’re not even close to sniffing the playoffs they don’t have depth around him it’s like having a Lamborghini at a used car lot surrounded by Honda Pilots. I would make this offer and if they don’t agree to it we still have the same players that have led us this far and the Angels and Trout can watch us in the playoffs on TV. GO PHILLIES

  5. Chris B Krebs

    June 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I would trade Crawford and Altherr for a dozen broken bats and a shag bag of balls and still come out ahead.

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