What will we do if there’s no baseball for two days in a row? There is a threat of rain in the nation’s capital again tonight, and it could threaten the start if not the entirety of the series opener with the Philadelphia Phillies. The finale of last night’s four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles was postponed until June 8th and there’s a chance that two games in a row could get washed out.
Washington’s NL East rivals arrive in the nation’s capital and Nationals Park at the start of a 10-day, three-city road trip having lost 17 of their last 22 against Dusty Baker and the Nats, who have outscored Pete Mackanin’s Phillies 98-76 over that stretch and won six of seven series.
The Phillies have lost each of the last three series in D.C., with their last win a three-game sweep in April of 2016, and they’ve dropped six of eleven on the road in 2017 and seven of their last nine overall this season.
Washington’s 10-6 at home in Nationals Park and 6-4 in their last ten with a 5.5-game lead in the NL East heading into this weekend’s series.
Will they play tonight’s game? You’re probably not going to like the latest update from the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang:
#Natcast update: Rain likely, postponement likely. Details (including answers to bobble-head questions): https://t.co/1HJDaofpRi— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) May 12, 2017
If they do play, the Nationals will try to win their sixth of ten with the Phillies so far this season.
Tanner Roark is scheduled to start with the Nationals skipping A.J. Cole, who was set to start last night’s game. Roark, 30, is (3-1) through seven starts with a 3.46 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 3.02 BB/9 and 7.34 K/9 in 41 2⁄3 innings pitched, over which he’s held opposing hitters to a .219/.294/.331 line.
In two starts against Philly this season, Roark is (1-0) with a 1.38 ERA, three walks, eight Ks and a .136/.191/.182 line against in 13 IP.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE SERIES OPENER WITH THE PHILLIES:
#Nats vs #Phillies 1 of 3: Turner SS, Werth LF, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Murphy 2B, Rendon 3B, Wieters C, Taylor CF, Roark RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) May 12, 2017