Rolled into the nation's capital this morning. Actually, rolled into Greenbelt, MD, which is where I'm staying, because it is probably cheaper to by a modest three bedroom house in Alexandria than it is to rent a hotel room inside the district.
First impressions of the new park? It's nice. The press box is higher up than most places, but it affords a nice view of the capitol building, tucked behind some office buildings and parking garages in the foreground.
Here's the set-up for this series:
1) The Phils enter having lost two straight and five of their last eight. They are hitting .270 with 12 home runs as a team during that span, but they stranded 19 baserunners in back-to-back losses to the Blue Jays.
2) The Nationals are coming off a 2-1 win over the Orioles yesterday. The Nats are 19-26 this season, fifth in the division. The Phils are 24-21 and in third.
3) Tim Redding, the Nats' starter tonight, one-hit the Phils back in the season-opening series. The Phils lost that game 1-0.
4) Here's the Toronto Star's take on things, including the appearance of Roy Halladay out of the bullpen yesterday.