Phillies vs. Nationals
The Nationals and Phillies head into the upcoming weekend with identical 2-4 records and similar run differentials, both surpassing -10. Both teams are eager to bounce back from their slow starts, with the Phillies pinning their hopes on veteran Aaron Nola as their starting pitcher in the opener, while the Nationals will counter with Patrick Corbin. 
Nola had a tough outing in his first start of the season against Atlanta, surrendering seven runs on 12 hits and a walk while striking out only three batters in 4 1/3 innings. He struggled with his command, delivering first-pitch strikes to just nine of the 24 batters he faced and falling behind 1-0 in 12 at-bats. This led to challenges, particularly in those 12 at-bats where he allowed seven hits, including two home runs. 
Meanwhile, Corbin took on the Cincinnati Reds last Saturday, where he pitched for 4 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits. Additionally, Corbin has faced challenges against certain Phillies players throughout his career. Notably, Alec Bohm, J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Schwarber, and Bryson Stott have collectively hit 28-for-79 (.354) against him, with six home runs and 19 RBIs.
Pitching Matchups 
Friday, 6:40 pm 
RHP Aaron Nola (0-1, 12.46) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-0, 8.38) 
Saturday, 4:05 pm 
LHP Ranger Suarez (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Jake Irvin (0-0, 5.40) 
Sunday, 1:35 pm 
LHP Cristopher Sanchez (0-0, 3.60) vs. LHP Mackenzie Gore (0-0, 5.06) 
Player to Watch
Washington Nationals shortstop CJ Abrams undoubtedly had an impressive season in 2023. At the age of 22, the former Padres prospect showcased his talents by hitting .245 with 18 home runs and 47 stolen bases, ranking fourth in stolen bases across all of baseball. His surge in power was particularly noteworthy, considering he only hit two homers in 90 games during his rookie year in 2022 and hadn't displayed significant power in the minor leagues. 
Abrams has carried his momentum into the current season, making a solid impact in the Nationals' lineup by leading in almost every significant offensive category through the team's first six games. He's hitting .333 with a 1.074 OPS to go along with two homers and five RBIs.

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