A pair of NL East rivals kick off a series in the nation’s capital looking to make up ground in the division. The Philadelphia Phillies are on the road for the opening game of a four-game series with the Washington Nationals Monday night. Philadelphia was walloped 15-1 in the rubber game of their three-game set by the Braves Sunday afternoon on the road. Washington earned a split of their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, earning a 15-5 win Sunday afternoon at home. The teams have split eight previous meetings this season with the Phillies taking two of three at home in the last series May 3-5.
Philadelphia Phillies Trying to Regain Ground in NL East
Philadelphia dropped their fifth game in the last seven as they were walloped by Atlanta in the rubber game of their set. The Phillies enter this contest second in the NL East, 2.5 games behind the Braves in the division. Philadelphia finished with six hits in the game with no player having more than one in the contest. Bryce Harper drove in the lone run for the Phillies in the fifth inning. Vince Velasquez (2-4) took the loss on the mound as he allowed four runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts over 2.1 innings of work.
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Jake Arrieta gets the call for his 15th start of the season for the Phillies in this contest. He is 6-5 with a 4.31 ERA, a 1.447 WHIP, 36 walks and 70 strikeouts over 85.2 innings of work this season. Arrieta earned the win in his last start, which came Tuesday at home against Arizona. He threw six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in a 7-4 Phillies triumph. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 7.47 ERA, a 2.11 WHIP, 10 walks and 11 strikeouts over 15.2 innings of work in his last three starts. He is 1-2 with a 5.07 ERA, a 1.479 WHIP, 35 walks and 69 strikeouts over 71 innings in 14 career starts against the Nationals. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA, a 1.241 WHIP, 12 walks and 28 strikeouts over 29 innings in five career starts at Nationals Park.