Wednesday’s series finale in D.C. between the Phillies and Nationals has been postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up Thursday, which was a common off day for the two teams. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. ET.
The Phils will have to wait a day to try for a sweep. They’ve won seven straight games over the Nationals, who sold heavy at the trade deadline.
The Phillies have also won five in a row overall to move to 2½ games back of the Braves in the NL East. The Braves have lost two nights in a row at Dodger Stadium and face Max Scherzer Wednesday.
The Phillies are also 2½ back of the second wild card. The Reds and Padres are tied for that spot at 71-62. The Cardinals are 67-63 and the Phillies are 68-64.
The NL East is still the more realistic path because there is only one team to leapfrog as opposed to three, and it would be much more rewarding than a one-game trip to Los Angeles or San Francisco.
The Phillies will have Aaron Nola pitch the series finale at Nationals Park. Nola, who has a 3.43 ERA and .159 opponents’ batting average over his last seven starts, is looking to change the conversation around his September struggles and spoke earlier this week about it.