PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 04: Kyle Kendrick #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies makes a delivery against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 4, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Phillies and Nationals are set to kick off a three game set at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.
What an opportunity to gain some NL East ground.
Washington is coming off of a nice win against Baltimore in which Stephen Strasburg hit his first major league home run. The Nationals are playing very well and only trail the Atlanta Braves by a game and a half for the division lead.
Philadelphia on the other hand was hot before losing the final two games of its last series to Boston. The Phillies were above .500 finally, only to slip back to that mark.
The bad news for Charlie Manuel and the Phillies is Kyle Kendrick will be on the mound today.
Kendrick is yet to win a game, compiling an 0-3 record with a disturbing 5.96 ERA. However he did pitch well in his last start against the Chicago Cubs, throwing six innings and only surrendering one run in a no decision.
Gio Gonzalez will oppose Kendrick for the Nationals. Gonzalez was acquired from Oakland in the offseason and has been everything Washington could ask for.
Gonzalez is 5-1 with a 2.22 ERA, well on his way to the All-Star team if he can keep the pace.
Philadelphia will have its work cut out against the tough lefty, but needs to find a way if it wants to see the north side of .500.
Time: 7:05 p.m. ET