Phillies hope to avoid sweep behind Hellickson

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson
Things have been rough for the Philadelphia Phillies as of late. After winning six straight the club is now riding a streak in the opposite direction, having lost five straight and eight of its last nine. The club aims to turn things around Sunday afternoon and salvage a win against the Washington Nationals in the final contest of a three-game series.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 3.18) hopes to rebound from his worst start of the season last week where he surrendered eight hits and six runs over four innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. He's performed well over his career at Citizens Bank Park, pitching to a 1.66 ERA over his last eight starts at home. Opponents have hit just .178 against him during that span.

The Nationals counter Hellickson with Tanner Roark. The righty tossed a career-high 125 pitches over six innings during his last start, surrendering six hits and four runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks. For his career he's 5-5 with a 3.49 in 13 games against the Phillies.

Cesar Hernandez recorded his 14th multi-hit game of the season in last night's 6-2 loss. He's now tied with Washington's Daniel Murphy for second-most in the National League, trailing only Ryan Zimmerman.

Hernandez is making quite a name for himself this season. Entering Sunday he leads all second basemen in WAR (1.5), third in batting average (.339), and  fourth in RC+ (136).

Sunday's Lineup 
Nava, LF
Herrera, CF
Franco, 3B
Saunders, RF
Joseph, 1B
Galvis, SS
Knapp, C
Hellickson, P
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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