Phillies vs. Nationals preview: Washington still in hunt for top record in National League

One night after a champagne celebration for their NL East title, the Washington Nationals will now try to even up their series against the Philadelphia Phillies and keep pace for the best record in the NL. Both the Reds and Nats lost on Monday night and are currently tied for the best record in the Senior Circuit.

Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to take the hill for the Nationals, looking for his league-leading 22nd win of the season. Gonzalez is finishing his Cy Young contending season with dominating month of September. He's 4-1 with a 1.74 ERA this month, and he'll try to finish it off against a Phillies team that he's had success against in his first season in the NL East. Gio has a 2.52 ERA in four starts against the Phils this season, and while his next start will be far more important, Washington would like to finish off the year on the right note against their rival.

The Phillies starter is still to be determined, but they did call up career minor-leaguer Tyson Brummett on Monday to most likely eat up some innings. Tyler Cloyd is dealing with soreness in his right forearm, and Brummett could be used for the spot start or out of the pen.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET and MASN will have the broadcast.

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