Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22) battles Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 2.58) as the Phillies try to avoid their seventh straight series defeat at the hands of the Nationals. First pitch is 7:05.
Notes: The Phillies recalled Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spot vacated by Jimmy Rollins (paternity leave). … Lineup: Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Luna 1B, Galvis SS, Fontenot 2B, Halladay P. … Vance Worley’s second opinion matched his first opinion. The right-hander will not need Tommy John surgery, Jim Salisbury reports, and hopes to pitch through the discomfort caused by a bone chip. Doesn't sound like a great situation to be honest. … The Phils are 1-8 in their last nine games against the Nationals, but they have good career numbers against Zimmermann, so hopefully tonight’s the night.
Smoke and mirrors offense? “Live by RISP, die by RISP. The uptick in offense in May has almost been entirely due to increased batting average and BABIP (batting average on balls in play. The same underlying rot with this lineup (inability to work BBs, below average power with a ton of ground balls) is still there. Bases on balls has improved, but the HR/FB ratio and BABIP are probably less sustainable. Offense isn't as bad as it was in April but it isn't as good either as evidenced by their run totals in May either. This is still a bad lineup especially on days where Chooch has to sit.” - MG