Kansas City Royals at Washington Nationals
When and Where: Sunday, July 7, Nationals Park, Washington D.C., 1:35 p.m. EDT.
Aside from one start, Patrick Corbin has settled in quite nicely in the nation’s capital following his big-money move from Arizona.
The left-hander looks to run his personal home winning streak to five games Sunday when the Washington Nationals conclude their series versus the Kansas City Royals.
Junis hopes change of opponent leads to change of outcome
After back-to-back losing starts to Cleveland, Jakob Junis (4-8, 5.53 ERA) looks to end a personal three-game losing streak and win for the first time in seven starts.
— Craig Brown (@CraigBrown_BP) July 3, 2019
Junis had his worst outing of the season Tuesday versus the Indians, who roughed him up for seven runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-5 defeat. The right-hander has a 4.91 ERA during his six-start winless stretch and has been tagged for 10 homers in 33 innings in that span.
“It was just a grind,” Junis told the team’s official website, referring to a 38-pitch third in which he allowed five of his seven runs. “I threw a lot more pitches than I’d hope for. A lot of foul balls. A lot of long at-bats. It’s just gonna happen sometimes, I guess. I just have to battle through it and keep making pitches as best you can.”
The righty also has not had much success in interleague games, going 0-2 with a 4.62 ERA in his last five outings dating back to the start of last season. Junis, who has never faced the Nationals, took a home loss to Philadelphia on June 12 in which he was reached for five runs in 4 1-3 innings while walking five.
Junis has also struggled to keep the ball down on the road, serving up 10 homers in 33 innings in his six road starts. He is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA in those games and given up four or more runs in three of them.
Corbin out to continue solid run in DC
The left-hander was denied a fourth straight winning start at Nationals Park on Tuesday but did pitch well enough to claim that victory after limiting Miami to one run and six hits in seven innings. The bullpen squandered a 2-1 lead before the Nats eventually won 3-2 in walkoff fashion.
— Post Sports (@PostSports) July 4, 2019
It was an emotional night for Corbin, who grieved the loss of his close friend and Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs following his sudden passing earlier that afternoon. The two were drafted one round apart by the Angels in 2009, and after a shaky first inning, the lefty delivered a solid performance.
“For me, the first inning was going to be the toughest,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said to the club’s official website. “Knowing him, I could see it a little bit in his face. Once he got through that inning, I thought he was going to be OK. I was more concerned about his mental state. This is his best friend. But he was tremendous.”
Corbin is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last four starts at Nationals Park, striking out 31 in as many innings while holding opponents to a .175 batting average. He is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in eight starts in the nation’s capital this year, giving up more than two runs just once.
His lone appearance against the Royals came in relief for the Diamondbacks in 2017, a scoreless stint of 2 2-3 innings.
The Royals are:
- 5-11 in Junis’ last 16 road starts.
- 3-8 in Junis’ last 11 starts.
- 6-13 in their last 19 interleague games vs. left-handed starters.
The Nationals are:
- 4-0 in Corbin’s last four home starts.
- 5-1 in their last six Sunday games.
- 4-1 in their last five during game 3 of a series.