The Miami Marlins will host the Washington Nationals as the NL East rivals kick off a three-game series Tuesday evening from Marlins Park. The Nationals will send 34-year old right-hander Max Scherzer to the mound, and 26-year old right-hander Trevor Richards will toe the rubber for the Marlins. The Nationals lead the season series 4-3.
Scherzer Shines in Win vs. Phillies
Max Scherzer will take the mound for the 17th time of the season, aiming for his fifth consecutive win. Scherzer pitched with a broken nose in his previous start and he was stellar, firing seven shutout innings against the Phillies in a 2-0 win. The Nationals’ ace is locked in, accumulating 44 K’s over his last four starts, and he features a dazzling 2.62 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP accompanied with a 6-5 record in 106.1 innings pitched. Max was hit hard in his first start against Miami this season, and he has allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 11.1 innings against the NL East rivals this year. Scherzer is sporting a 12-4 record and a sharp 3.20 ERA in 21 career starts against the NL East foes. Brian Anderson is 3 for 13 against Scherzer, while Starlin Castro is 7 for 22, and Miguel Rojas is 7 for 25.
IF YOU'RE SOTO AND YOU HOMERED CLAP YOUR HANDS!
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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 23, 2019
Juan Soto is posting solid numbers against the Marlins this season, recording a .308 average with six RBI’s in 26 at bats. The 20-year old left fielder is having an outstanding season, boasting a .305 average with 12 home runs and 48 RBI’s. Soto is locked in, accumulating seven hits along with six RBI’s in his last four games overall.
The Nationals are consistently generating offense, and they rank 15th in the big leagues with an average of 4.97 runs on the season. The Washington pitching staff enters this one with a 4.66 team ERA, pegging them 18th overall. The Nationals are 16-21 on the road this season.