Thursday April 5 1:05 p.m.: Jacob deGrom (1-0, 1.59 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 1.42 ERA) Saturday April 7 1:05 p.m.: Steven Matz (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) Sunday April 8 8:05 p.m.: Matt Harvey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
The wait is finally over. Your Washington Nationals are returning home. They will take the field at Nationals Park for the first time in 2018 today at 1:05 p.m. We will finally be decked out in red, we’ll have the smell of the freshly cut grass, the smell of the delicious ballpark food, and the taste of that ice cold beer. We’re finally back at our favorite ballpark. The Nationalsare coming off a road trip that saw them win four of their first six games of the year, but as the old saying goes “there’s no place like home”.
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.
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.
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