Philadelphia Phillies (40-35 SU, 33-38 ATS, 35-34-4 O/U) at Washington Nationals (40-34 SU, 37-37 ATS, 29-43-2 O/U)
When and Where: Sunday, June 24, Nationals Park, Washington D.C., 8:05 p.m. EDT.
Nick Pivetta looks to end his recent woes and his historical struggles against the Washington Nationals as he leads the Philadelphia Phillies into the finale of their three-game series against the NL East rivals.
Pivetta looks to build on effective start for Phils
While Pivetta (4-6, 4.08 ERA) did not snap his personal four-game losing streak last time out, he did avoid losing a fifth consecutive start for the Phillies.
The right-hander held St. Louis in check on Monday, yielding two runs — both on solo homers — and four hits while striking out a career-high 13 batters in 7 1-3 innings. Pivetta, though, was denied a victory when the Phillies bullpen allowed a pair of ninth-inning runs in their 6-5, 10-inning victory.
Pivetta has a 5.81 ERA during his winless spell and struck out 34 in 26 1-3 innings. The hitters who are making contact, however, are getting on base as they have a .371 average when putting the ball in play.
His worst start of the season came last month at Nationals Park, where he recorded just three outs and was hooked in the second inning after getting tagged for six runs and five hits, including two home runs, in a 7-3 defeat May 4.
Pivetta is 0-2 with an 11.81 ERA in three career starts versus Washington, giving up 14 runs and 19 hits in 10 2-3 innings while serving up six home runs. Ten of those 19 hits have gone for extra bases.
Bryce Harper has gone 2 for 4 against Pivetta, with both hits home runs. Ryan Zimmerman is 5 for 7 with a homer and a double, and Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon have both taken him deep while going a combined 5 for 11.
Nats rookie Rodriguez makes second career start
Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66 ERA) is looking for better things after an uneven first start in the majors for Washington.
The 24-year-old right-hander was roughed up by Baltimore on Tuesday, giving up two home runs and five runs with four hits and three walks over five innings. Rodriguez did not factor in the decision as the Nationals eventually won 9-7.
His only other major league appearance was a relief appearance June 3 at Atlanta in which he tossed 4 2-3 scoreless innings. Rodriguez has walked five in 9 2-3 innings overall, and five of the eight hits he has given up have gone for extra bases.
The Phillies are:
- 4-0 in their last four during game 3 of a series.
- 8-2 in Pivetta’s last 10 starts vs. above-.500 teams.
- 7-2 in Pivetta’s last nine starts vs. NL East teams.
The Nationals are:
- 1-4 in their last five Sunday games.
Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera entered Saturday’s contest with a homer in a club record-tying five straight games, going a blistering 13 for 22 in that stretch with 10 runs and a 1.972 OPS. He is 8 for 17 in four games versus the Nationals this season.