Velasquez on the hill as Phillies open series against Nationals

Vince Velasquez looks to extend his scoreless streak tonight against the Mets.
The Washington Nationals enter Tuesday with the best record in baseball (14-4) and welcome the Philadelphia Phillies for the start of a three-game series at Nationals Park.

The Nationals have the second best WHIP (1.03), third best run differential per game (1.89), and have won eight of their last ten. The Phillies, meanwhile, enter Washington having won four of their last five contests on the road, including a pair in Milwaukee over the weekend.

Odubel Herrera continued to impress at the plate over the weekend, extending his on-base streak to 16 consecutive games - he now also ranks third in the majors with 17 walks this season.

Tonight On The Mound

Vincent Velasquez failed to get out of the fifth inning in his previous start last week against the Mets. The right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits while notching four strikeouts in an 11-1 loss. He enters tonight ranked second in the majors in FIP (2.27) and WHIP (0.72).

The Nationals counter with Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.32 ERA). Of note, Ryan Howard has hit just .063 (1-for-16) over his career against Scherzer. Combined, the entire Phillies roster has hist just .167 (20-for-120) against the righty.

Today's Phillies Lineup 
1. Odubel Herrera, 8
2. Andres Blanco, 6
3. Maikel Franco, 5
4. Ryan Howard, 3
5. Cameron Rupp, 2
6. David Lough, 7
7. Cesar Hernandez, 4
8. Vincent Velasquez, 1
9. Peter Bourjos, 0
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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