What to Watch for: 8/1

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Philadelphia Phillies (46-57) vs. Washington Nationals (61-41)

RHP Vance Worley (5-6, 3.88) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (6-6, 3.52)

The Phillies traded a pair of outfielders before last night’s contest, but held onto starter Cliff Lee, who pitched out of jams early and shut out the Nationals over seven innings in an 8-0 final. Edwin Jackson carries a 12-inning scoreless streak into tonight’s game as he looks for his third straight quality start.

NATIONALS LINEUP

1. Lombardozzi 2B

2. Harper RF

3. Tracy 3B

4. Morse LF

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Espinosa SS

7. Bernadina CF

8. Flores C

9. Jackson RHP

Z-MAN FOR NL PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

Ryan Zimmerman batted .366 with nine doubles, 10 homers, 24 RBI and a 1.186 OPS in July and would appear to be a leading candidate for NL Player of the Month voting. Ryan led the NL in runs (24), RBI (24), slugging percentage (.752) and extra-base hits (19) in July. His 1.186 July OPS was the second-highest ever registered by a National in any month with at least 75 plate appearances. Only Alfonso Soriano (1.249, July 2006) was more productive in a single month among Nationals hitters.

Z-MAN(N) FOR NL PITCHER OF THE MONTH FOR JULY

Jordan Zimmermann went 4-0 with an ultra-stingy 0.97 ERA in six July starts and should be a leading candidate for NL Pitcher of the Month. He led MLB his 0.97 ERA and ranked among the National League’s top three in baserunners allowed per 9.0 innings (first, 7.5), WHIP (first, 0.84), wins (tied for first, 4), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2nd, 7.8/1) and OPS against (2nd, .499).

KEEPING SCORE ON THE SEASON

The Nationals rank second in the National League and third in Major League Baseball in run differential at +74. MLB’s top 5: STL (+99), NYY (+77), Washington (+74), TEX (+73), and CIN (+65). Washington has allowed the fewest runs in MLB (366), meanwhile, the Nationals have dented home plate 440 times this season to rank eighth in the NL and 16th in MLB. In seven previous seasons in D.C., the Nationals have yet to post a positive run differential.

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