After losing a heartbreaker Monday, the Nationals now have their backs against the wall. If they want any chance at reversing the #DCSports trend and possibly winning one for Jayson Werth they need a win today. First pitch is at 4:08 p.m. and will feature the pitching matchup of Jake Arrieta and Stephen Strasburg.
By Will Beverina
After being blanked by Kyle Hendricks and crew in game one, the Washington Nationals have a chance for redemption at home in game two of the National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs.
By Matthew Jacobson
Following an impressive offensive outburst (at least in the first two games) against the Reds, the defending champion Chicago Cubs (man that still sounds weird) come to town for a four game series. The Cubs seem to still be in a bit of a championship hangover, as most of their roster from last year’s team returned, yet the results are not nearly what they were last year. The Cubs come into this first game of the series with a 38-37 record, good for second in the NL central behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
By Michael Marzzacco
Friday June 23: Luis Castillo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.28 ERA) 7:05 p.m. MASN
Saturday June 24: Homer Bailey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (3-3, 5.98 ERA) 4:05 p.m. MASN 2
Sunday June 25: Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.20 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.88 ERA) 1:35 p.m MASN
The Nationals and Reds face off for the first time this season at Nationals Park this weekend. Don’t forget about tonight’s epic Game of Thrones night! The Nats and Reds will meet seven times this season, three at home and four in Cincinnati. They’ll meet in Cincinnati to begin the second half of the season after the All Star break from July 14-17.
By Michael Marzzzacco
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Monday June 19: Tanner Roark (6-4, 4.39 ERA) vs. Justin Nicolino (0-1, 4.15 ERA) 7:10 p.m. MASN 2
Tuesday June 20: Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 2.89 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (3-7, 3.72 ERA) 7:10 p.m. MASN
Wednesday June 21: Max Scherzer (8-4, 2.26 ERA) vs. Dan Straily (5-4, 3.58 ERA) 12:10 p.m. MASN
After a strong series that saw the Nationals take three out of four games against the New York Mets, the Nationals continue their seven game road trip against another NL East rival. The Nats flew out of crazy and noisy New York City and now head to sunny Miami to take on the Marlins. The three game set from Marlins Park begins Monday night with Tanner Roark up against Justin Nicolino.
By Michael Marzzacco
After taking two of three from the Mets, the Nationals travel to Atlanta for a three-game series with the Braves beginning tonight. The magic number for the Nationals to clinch is seven. This is also the Nationals final series at Turner Field, as the Braves move into SunTrust Park next season. Turner Field had been the Braves home since 1997.
Atlanta’s biggest threat against Washington is Freddie Freeman, who is clubbing .325 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs against Washington. Ender Inciarte has also given the Nats a run for their money this year, hitting .306 with a home run, five RBIs and 10 runs scored. Rookie Dansby Swanson has also had an impact in the season series as he’s batting .300 with two home runs and four RBIs against Washington.
Ryan Zimmerman has put up good numbers against Atlanta, hitting .278 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Max Scherzer takes the mound tonight looking for his 17th win of the season. It would be the third time in his career he has reached such a feat, having won 21 games in 2013 and 18 games in 2014.
The Braves will counter with John Gant (1-3, 4.40 ERA).
Tonight: Max Scherzer (16-7) vs. John Gant (1-3, 4.40 ERA) 7:35 TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Tomorrow: Gio Gonzalez (11-9, 4.27 ERA) vs. TBD 1:05 TV: FOX Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Sunday: TBD vs. Matt Wisler (6-12, 5.00 ERA) 1:35 TV: MASN Radio: 106.7 The Fan
By Michael Marzzacco
After sweeping the Phillies on Wednesday night the Nationals will continue their road trip this weekend in New York with a big three game series with the Mets.
The Mets have been struggling much of the season and have been plagued with injuries but their recent series win over the Marlins at home indicates they aren’t going away anytime soon. The Mets (69-65) sit just two games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. Expect them to be highly motivated with their big rivals coming to town. They took the first three games of the Marlins series while dropping the fourth game last night. The Mets are 9 1/2 games behind Washington.
The Mets are without David Wright, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker and Lucas Duda for the remainder of the season.
The Nationals (78-55) have swept the Phillies and look to increase their division lead over Mets and Marlins. The Nats magic number to clinch the division is 20. Speaking of the number 20, the Nationals’ day off on Thursday ended a string of 20 games in 20 days. They’ll be well rested for this series and ready to put the Mets away.
Friday night will likely be the Nats’ toughest challenge in this series as New York sends ace Noah Syndergaard to the mound. The Nats will counter with A.J. Cole. Saturday and Sunday the pitching match-ups will be much more in favor of Washington as they counter with Tanner Roark tomorrow and Max Scherzer on Sunday.
In just a few days, the regular season of Minor League Baseball will come to a close and the Nats will call up several prospects. Some likely players to make the expanded roster this month are Mat Latos, Sean Burnett, Wilmer Difo, Pedro Severino and Reynaldo Lopez.
The pitching match-ups:
A.J. Cole (0-1, 4.97 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55 ERA) 7:10 MASN 2, WUSA 9, 106.7 The Fan
Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87 ERA) vs. Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72 ERA) 7:10 MASN 2, 106.7 The Fan
Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89 ERA) vs. Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.60 ERA) 8:08 ESPN, 106.7 The Fan