Gavin Floyd and the Phillies seek redemption when they face Livan Hernandez and the Nationals tonight at Citizen's Bank Park.
Tonight we get to see a pitcher who's coming off his best major-league start in over a year.
Gavin Floyd is easier to watch when the Phillies can do what they did last time, which was put five runs on the board in the first inning. That makes it easier to sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that the guy you're watching is a 23-year-old kid with a lot of promise.
Against Atlanta, Floyd went six innings with five hits and three earned runs to earn the win. His curveball locked knees.
In order for the same cushion, the Phillies need to do what they didn’t do yesterday, capitalize in the early frames offensively to give their starter the edge. For all that went wrong, Bill Dancy’s call in the first is what sticks in my craw. The offense, for the most part, has been streaky, scoring just four times the last two games. They're generating almost all their offense with home runs.
They’ll look to get it going against Livan Hernandez (1-2, 7.00), a pitcher that makes for great trivia. He consistently ranks near the top in innings pitched, including a major-league-high 246.1 in 2005. He has more complete games than any other pitcher over the last six years (31). He’s also a great hitting pitcher, batting .236 for his career.