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Washington Nationals/Philadelphia Phillies Sunday Finale Postponed.

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The Washington Nationals have (had) a chance in Sunday's series finale with the Phillies to win the first road series in Citizens Bank since 2008 when they took two of three from their NL East rivals after winning the season-opener against Atlanta on Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off HR. In order to win the rubber match, however, Washington will (would have) need(ed) another strong start from Chien-Ming Wang, who earned his first major league win since '09 last time out, and they'll have (would have had to) find a way to beat Roy Halladay for the first time this season. 

In three starts and 23.0 IP against the Nationals this season, in which he's struck out 24 (9.39 K/9), Halladay's (3-0) with a 3.13 ERA, 22 hits, eight runs and two walks (0.78 BB/9) allowed. Washington did, however, hit a third of the HR's Halladay's allowed this season off him in his last start against the Nats, in which he gave up HR's to Laynce Nix, Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa in a 5-4 Phillies' win. 

Halladay was even more dominant against the Nats in 2010 when he allowed just one earned run in three starts and 23.0 IP against the nation's capital's favorite team. Halladay was (3-0) with a 0.39 ERA last year against D.C. and you actually have to go back to 2002 to find the last time this franchise was able to beat the former Toronto Blue Jays' ace on a game-winning HR by then Expos' third baseman Fernando Tatis...

You'll have to wait til September 20th to see if Washington can win the rubber match with Philadelphia. Today's game is rained out and rescheduled for 9/20 as part of a day/night doubleheader...