Game 37 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

On the heels of another in a growing list of soul-crushing losses suffered so far this season, the Nationals are right back out on the field tonight for the second half of their doubleheader with the Phillies, hoping to salvage one game and win the weekend series.

The good news: Max Scherzer is on the mound. To ask for a complete game would be to ask for too much. But to ask for at least seven innings, with the possibility of more if his pitch count isn't bad, is perfectly reasonable right now.

Jayson Werth is not in the lineup again tonight; Dusty Baker described the veteran's groin as "so-so" and said it simply wasn't worth the risk to play him tonight, especially with an off-day tomorrow. The team will re-evaluate Werth on Tuesday in Pittsburgh and hope he can play that night.

Chris Heisey gets the start in left field (and the No. 2 batting position) in place of Werth. Jose Lobaton is catching, giving Matt Wieters a well-deserved break. Otherwise, all the regulars are in there for what admittedly is a bit of a must-win game for the Nationals, at least from a psychological standpoint.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (GAME 2)
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, wind 16 mph in from left field

NATIONALS (22-13)
SS Trea Turner
LF Chris Heisey
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Anthony Rendon
CF Michael A. Taylor
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Max Scherzer

PHILLIES (14-19)
2B César Hernández
CF Odúbel Herrera
LF Aaron Altherr
RF Michael Saunders
3B Andrés Blanco
1B Brock Stassi
SS Freddy Galvis
C Andrew Knapp
RHP Vince Velasquez

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