WASHINGTON — Sunday Night Baseball comes to the nation's capital for the first time in four years. The first-place Nationals are finally marketable to a wider audience.
And they are going for a sweep of the last-place Phillies, who have lost seven in a row to this franchise. Charlie Manuel's lineup looks like this:
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Shane Victorino 8
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Laynce Nix 3
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Placido Polanco 5
8. Pete Orr 4
9. Cole Hamels 1
Most notably, Polanco has gone from batting third to seventh in the span of two days.
Here are the Nationals' career numbers against Hamels:
Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann has a 1.89 ERA in five 2012 starts. He has a career 6.60 ERA in 15 innings (three starts) against the Phillies.