The Nationals and Phillies will meet for the fifth time in this young season on Friday in the second game of a four-game weekend series between the National League East rivals.
Max Scherzer starts for the Nationals, taking a 0.66 ERA -- and a losing record (0-1) -- into the outing after two starts this season. Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan is looking for his first Major League win in four years.
Things to know about this game
• Scherzer has given up just one earned run in 13 2/3 innings this season. He's also struck out 16, but the Nationals have scored a total of four runs in Scherzer's two starts.
• It will be interesting to see where Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg puts first baseman Ryan Howard in the lineup. The struggling slugger was dropped down to seventh in Thursday's contest, a move that raised a few eyebrows, as the skipper is trying to get Howard started.
• Jayson Werth got his first extra-base hit of the season, a double, in Thursday's game. Werth missed the first six games of the season while rehabbing from offseason right shoulder surgery.