Whatever momentum the Phillies may have built after a strong West Coast road trip has waned after three of four days off, but they reshuffled the rotation for an important three-game set against the Nats.
Friday: Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.29) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 4.24)
Saturday: A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15) vs. Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.76)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.75) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 3.25)
Despite finishing April .500, the Phillies still find themselves in the basement of the NL East. But they'll have a prime opportunity to climb the standings this month, with 21 of the next 29 games at home.
The Nationals enter without Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, who are both on the disabled list. Still, Washington features a stacked lineup with Jayson Werth (.288/.383/.462), Adam LaRoche (.312/.413/.495) and Anthony Rendon (.316/.352/.544) swinging hot bats.
• Against the Phils last year, Strasburg allowed only one run and 11 hits in 23 innings. He struck out 29, walked three and picked up two wins.
• Hot Nats: Rendon is 11 for 23 with five extra-base hits in his last five games. Werth is hitting .371 in his past eight.
• Key matchups for Lee: Werth (10 for 28, 2 HR, 9 K), Danny Espinosa (7 for 19, 3 HR)
• Key matchups for Strasburg: Jimmy Rollins (2 for 18, HR, 7 K), Chase Utley (1 for 9), Carlos Ruiz (3 for 8, HR)
• Lee is allowing right-handed batters to hit a whopping .333 against him (43 for 129) with eight doubles, two triples and two homers.