A loss would sink the Phillies to three games back of the Mets, who defeated the Brewers today 9-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Joe Blanton and Odalis Perez take the mound tonight in Washington.
Lineups are posted: The Phillies will be trying to win without Shane Victorino, who is out of the starting lineup. Check the discussion thread for details. Eric Bruntlett gets the start in right field. Jayson Werth replaces Victorino in center field and will bat third for the second-straight night. Chris Coste will be behind the plate for Blanton, who’s going for his first win since Aug. 2. The Phils cannot afford to look ahead to the next series and need to take care of business against a weaker opponent. A loss tonight would put the Phils in a tight spot with a three-game set at Shea this weekend.
Hamels to start Sunday: As it should be, Cole Hamels will take Kyle Kendrick's scheduled turn Sunday against the Mets. It will be the first time Hamels has faced the Mets since April 18.