The Phillies and Nationals look to squeeze in a game between the raindrops when they open a three-game set tonight in Washington.
The last thing the Phillies need is another rainout to prolong this 10-game road trip. Sunday’s washout couldn’t have come at a worse time, wiping out yesterday’s off day after their series with the white-hot Mets.
Yesterday, the Phils looked like zombies in a one-sided 8-3 defeat and have suddenly lost three out of four games. Ryan Howard hit his league-leading 47th home run and now trails Mike Schmidt by one home run on the all-time Phillies list.
Brett Myers (9-6, 4.23 ERA) will look to build on one of his strongest outings of the season, eight innings of one-run ball against Chicago. Myers has won his last four road decisions. He’s opposed by Tony Armas Jr., (8-9, 5.05) coming off one of the worst outings of his career Wednesday at Florida, giving up eight runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in a season-low 1 2-3 innings in a 9-7 defeat.
Luckily, the Phillies lost no ground to the Wild Card-leading Reds, who lost last night’s game to the Dodgers.