--RHP Roy Halladay will make his first start at National Park on Wednesday since throwing a two-hit shutout in the NL East division-clincher last September. Halladay, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, manhandled the Nationals last season, going 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA (one earned runs in 23 innings).
Halladay's success against Washington dates back to his time with Toronto, too. Halladay is 8-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) in his career against Washington.
--RHP Joe Blanton might be best-suited to missing the Nationals if the Phils ever want to align their ace-laden rotation around matchups. Blanton fell to 0-1 on the season in the Phillies' 7-4 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday in Washington.
Blanton is 3-4 with a 5.88 ERA in 13 career starts against Washington. He is 1-3 with a 6.52 ERA in seven starts at Nationals Park.
--RF Shane Victorino's hot hitting came to an end with a thud against the Nationals. Victorino went 0-for-5 and left four runners on base Tuesday.
Victorino entered the game with nine hits in his last 12 at-bats, and he had multiple hits in five straight games (13-for-23, .565).
--1B Ryan Howard hit his third home run of the season in the Phillies' 7-4 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday. Howard led off the second inning with a solo shot into the left field bleachers.
Although Howard hit three home runs in his first five games in 2010, he finished the season with 31. It was the first time he failed to hit at least 40 home runs in a season since his rookie year, when he hit 22 home runs in 88 games.
--OF John Mayberry Jr. was leading all of baseball with four pinch hits through Monday. He was 4-for-8 overall. But with a chance to tie the game with one swing Tuesday, when the Phillies were down 5-1 with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning against the Nationals, Mayberry struck out.
Washington RHP Livan Hernandez got the rookie reserve out swinging on a 62 mph changeup. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel opted for the right-handed-hitting Mayberry over veteran, left-handed-hitting Ross Gload.
"I liked Mayberry most of all because the wind was going out to left field," Manuel said. "I thought maybe if he got one up in the air, that was about the only chance we were going to have to hit the ball out of the yard. We weren't going to hit one out to right field unless (Ryan) Howard got into one. ... I thought we'd still have Gload for the ninth."
BY THE NUMBERS
10.45 -- RHP Joe Blanton's ERA after two starts in 2011. Blanton has allowed 12 runs on 17 hits in games against the Mets and Nationals. His next start will be against another division foe, Florida, in Philadelphia in Sunday.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I told him he had heavier pockets." -- Manager Charlie Manuel, how he greeted Nationals RF Jayson Werth, who left the Phillies as a free agent in the offseason when he signed a seven-year, $126 million deal with Washington.
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