Ryan Madson has the ball tonight when the Phillies face left-hander Billy Traber, making his first major-league start since 2003.
Tonight’s game is a great opportunity to dust off a sub and give him some work. Perhaps Abraham Nunez can spot Chase Utley at second, or maybe Shane Victorino can give Bobby Abreu the day off. Utley and Abreu have played every game.
For the Nationals (5-10), Billy Traber becomes only the second left-handed starter the Phillies have faced this season. Traber last pitched with the Cleveland Indians and went 6-9 with a 5.24 ERA in 33 games, including 18 starts. A former first-round pick of the Mets, the 27-year-old has missed the last 2 ½ years recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was called up to replace Ryan Drese in the rotation after Drese went on the DL.
He’ll face Ryan Madson (1-0, 2.77 ERA), probably the most consistent starter for the Phillies so far, but like the rest, has given up a ton of hits. As a team, the Phils have allowed 160 hits, second most in baseball.