l League East race and will try to avoid a sweep Wednesday night against a team they’re still ahead of in the standings.The Phillies host the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game set. Jake Arrieta (9-9 Jay Buhner Jersey , 3.37 ERA) will face Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (7-11, 4.35) at Citizens Bank Park.The Phillies (70-62), following a ninth inning meltdown in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss, have fallen 4 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. It ties their largest deficit in the division this season.Article continues below ...They are also 2 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot after the loss Tuesday. The Phillies are 6-13 in their last 19 games and, including the current series against Washington, have not won any of their last seven series.“It’s a super difficult loss to swallow. And we’ll be ready to come out and fight (Wednesday),” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Tuesday’s game. “… I don’t worry about this group at all. This group is so tenacious and so resilient, they’re going to get up (Wednesday) and we’re going to be ready to take on Gio Gonzalez. We’re already looking forward to that.”Arrieta, one of the most-seasoned Phillies’ players and a 2016 World Series champion with the Chicago Cubs, is trying to stop a personal losing streak. Philadelphia has lost all four of Arrieta’s starts in August Denard Span Jersey , though the veteran right-hander has a 3.60 ERA this month and opponents are hitting .226 against him in that span.Arrieta gave up four runs on six hits, including two homers, and three walks across six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start. It was Arrieta’s third straight outing in which he took a loss.Arrieta is 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 11 career starts against Washington.Gonzalez, a fellow 32-year-old, also has picked up three losses in his last three starts.Gonzalez has struggled in August with a 6.84 ERA in five starts, but he was much sharper in his last outing. Gonzalez allowed one run on seven hits and went seven innings against the New York Mets on Friday. Washington, however, was shut out 3-0.“It was just one of those games,” Gonzalez told reporters after the game. “I’m happy to turn things around, but I wish I could have been better.”Gonzalez will be making his 26th career start against the Phillies on Wednesday. He is 11-7 with a 2.69 ERA versus Philadelphia.The Nationals (67-66) http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , who are eight games behind Atlanta, are 8-7 against the Phillies this season after taking the first two games of this series.Ryan Zimmerman has been a big part of a few of those wins, including a 3-for-4 performance with three doubles Tuesday night. Zimmerman is hitting .474 with six extra-base hits in five games against the Phillies this season.Zimmerman, though, is 5-for-21 with 10 strikeouts versus Arrieta. ... but not necessarily in the 2019 regular season."We knew pitch clocks were coming. Commissioner Rob Manfred hinted about them last year.Now, pitch clocks are for real — and they are less than a week away!I have long been in favor of a pitch clock. Baseball rules say a pitcher needs to deliver a pitch, with the bases empty, within 20 seconds. That will eliminate a large amount of the current trend of batter stepping out/pitcher stepping off. In general, about 58 percent of all plate appearances are with the bases empty. So... not all the stalling will go away, but much of it will. When the clocks were implemented in the minor leagues several years ago Ben Gamel Jersey , game times dropped significantly, as much as 12 minutes in some leagues.However, as of now, pitch clocks are not necessarily coming in the regular season:I hope the players and management can come to an agreement on this; players should wantthis as much as owners do. When games are faster-paced, I think fielders are more ready behind pitchers. It could improve defenses as well as offenses.Anyway, consider this a five-week test. I suspect that unless you are paying very close attention, after a short time you won’t even notice the clocks. Many pitchers who will be in spring games have already been accustomed to the clocks, since almost all minor leagues have used them since 2015.I’m not a fan of a lot of the things Manfred has proposed to change baseball, but I’m all in favor of this one. Watch for it this weekend.