Cole Hamels starts the series finale against the Nationals on Wednesday. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso) Anything between these two teams has been anticipated for quite some time. For Phillies fans who didn't make the trip to Washington, this is their first chance to see it firsthand.
The Nationals took the first series of this newfound rivalry in the nation's capital at the beginning of the month, taking two of three games from the Phillies. The Phillies are still where they were then, stuck in last place. The Nationals have fallen from the peak of the NL East, but still sit a healthy second.
The Nationals are doing all this with a very banged-up roster. Out with injuries are Jayson Werth, Mike Morse, Wilson Ramos, Brad Lidge, Drew Storen and recent call-up Sandy Leon. The Nationals are very shorthanded, but they've managed to get quite a bit of production from what they have.
What they have is Ryan Zimmerman, out during the first series between the two teams, Ian Desmond, ...