Playing the numbers

PHILADELPHIA - It’s an absolutely gorgeous day at Citizens Bank Park, as the Nationals get set to open a three-game set with the Phillies.

The Nats won’t see Cliff Lee in this series, but they’re likely to get two of the Phillies’ other big three starters.

Cole Hamels will take the mound tonight, Kyle Kendrick will go tomorrow and while the Phillies haven’t officially announced their starter for the series finale on Thursday, Roy Halladay would be able to get the start on regular rest.

Halladay held the Nats to two runs over seven innings on Aug. 25, besting Gio Gonzalez to move to 12-2 all-time against the Nationals/Expos with a 2.55 ERA.

Ross Detwiler gets the start for the Nats today.

Not only has the left-hander pitched pretty darn well his last two times out, he’s also gone 7-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) against division opponents this season.

Facing the Phillies on Aug. 2 at Nats Park, Detwiler turned in a gem, throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks.

You already know that Ian Desmond is one of seven players in the majors this season with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, and that he’s just the second 20-20 guy in Nats history.

Meanwhile, with just two more runs batted in, Adam LaRoche could become just the third National to reach the 100-RBI mark in a season. Assuming he gets there, LaRoche would join Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 2009) and Adam Dunn (2009, 2010) as the only Nats to get triple-digit RBIs in a season.

Despite his early-season health issues, Zimmerman could reach 100 RBIs this season, as well. He’s at 93 RBIs right now and has averaged nearly an RBI per game since his cortisone shot in Baltimore on June 24.

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