The Washington Nationals have been in a freefall since July 1 and it has been worse since the trade deadline. Now the ball is given to Paolo Espino to be the stopper.
For the Phillies, they find themselves legitimately in the race in the NL East, and they sure haven’t blown away the depleted Nationals, either last week or this week. They have righty Chase Anderson on the mound tonight.
Manager Dave Martinez has another look to his lineup tonight. He does have Alcides Escobar back in the lineup, and behind the plate he is going with the newly acquired Riley Adams in this one.
This four game set is the third game in this series, and the Nats are supposed to be playing the role of spoiler — but clearly not doing a good job.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, NBC Sports Philadelphia, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
1. Victor Robles CF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Juan Soto RF
4. Josh Bell 1B
5. Yadiel Hernandez LF
6. Riley Adams C
7. Luis García 2B
8. Carter Kieboom 3B
9. Paolo Espino RHP