Philadelphia Phillies (55-53, second in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (49-59, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Thursday, 4:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Aaron Nola (7-6, 4.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 145 strikeouts) Nationals: Joe Ross (5-9, 4.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 100 strikeouts)
LINE: Nationals +138, Phillies -159; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Rhys Hoskins and the Phillies will take on the Nationals Thursday.
The Nationals are 29-29 in home games in 2020. Washington has slugged .420 this season. Juan Soto leads the team with a .496 slugging percentage, including 31 extra-base hits and 18 home runs.
The Phillies are 24-32 on the road. Philadelphia is hitting a collective .243 this season, led by Jean Segura with an average of .310.
The Phillies won the last meeting 9-5. Matt Moore earned his first victory and Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI for Philadelphia. Paolo Espino took his third loss for Washington.
TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Bell leads the Nationals with 33 extra base hits and is batting .245.
Hoskins leads the Phillies with 24 home runs and is slugging .505.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 4-6, .265 batting average, 5.67 ERA, outscored by eight runs
Phillies: 6-4, .278 batting average, 5.06 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
INJURIES: Nationals: Austin Voth: (covid-19), Stephen Strasburg: (neck), Kyle McGowin: (bicep), Will Harris: (hand), Steven Fuentes: (shoulder), Luis Avilan: (elbow), Jordy Mercer: (calf), Rene Rivera: (elbow), Alex Avila: (calf).
Phillies: Vince Velasquez: (finger), JoJo Romero: (elbow), Bailey Falter: (covid-19), Zach Eflin: (knee), Seranthony Dominguez: (elbow), Sam Coonrod: (forearm), Connor Brogdon: (elbow), Roman Quinn: (achilles), Andrew McCutchen: (knee), Matt Joyce: (back), Adam Haseley: (covid-19), Freddy Galvis: (quad).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
Ross scheduled to start for Washington against Philadelphia
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