Wednesday night was not one of Doug Fister's premier starts by any stretch of the imagination.By the end of the 3rd inning, Fister had allowed 5 runs to score. That same 3rd inning saw the Nationals offense flex it's muscles, but unfortunately that would not be enough. Though the Nationals were able to tie it up and get Fister off the hook, Blake Treinen could not hold the line in the 8th inning and allowed a run to score after walking 2 and allowing 2 hits. Rafael Martin would later give up a solo home run to Matt Adams and the deficit would prove too much for the Nationals to overcome. Today is the rubber game of the 3 game set with Max Scherzer taking the hill for Washington and Michael Wacha taking the bump for St. Louis.
Michael Wacha will be making his 3rd start of the season on Thursday night. He enters tonight's action with a 1.35 ERA after having allowed only 2 earned runs in 13.1 innings. Wacha has at least gone into the 7th inning in both of his starts and been very stingy with the walks as well. Wacha hasn't faced the Nationals much, but he's owned them every time he's faced them, including a near no hitter back at the end of the 2013 season.
Michael Wacha vs Current Nationals
Max Scherzer will be making his 4th start of the season Thursday night with a miniscule 0.83 ERA in 21.2 frames in the young 2015 season. In his first season in a Nationals uniform, Scherzer has been simply dominant allowing only 2 earned runs and 4 walks. Scherzer has gone deep into the games he's started as well, his earliest exit so far being in the 6th inning. Much like Wacha against the Nationals, Scherzer hasn't been exposed to tonight's opposition much, but in the instances he has, he's kept their bats pretty quiet.
Max Scherzer vs Current Cardinals