Last night, Collmenter must not have come to the game too ready since the Nationals got such a huge jump on him. Its fair to say he probably jsut didn't have his best stuff and it favored the Nationals. Max Scherzer was awesome, allowing only 1 run and striking out 6 all while only walking 1 hitter. For a long while, the Nationals team OBP was pretty unspectacular sitting under .300, now they have a pretty healthy team OBP of .320 and OPS of .726. The Nationals have definitely started playing up to what we had originally hoped before the season started now having won 9 of their last 10 games. The Nationals will start game 2 of the series tonight and Strasburg will look to get on track after missing his last start with a strange rib injury. Rubby De La Rosa will take the hill for the Dbacks and make his 7th start of the season.
Stephen Strasburg's 2015 has been pretty rocky so far. He missed his last start with an injury in his shoulder area, but he says he's ready to go now. Before that, he'd accumulated a 4.73 ERA and the hits he's allowed per nine innings is elevated by 4. Interestingly, all his other numbers seem pretty in line with what is normal for the 2009 first round pick, so maybe tonight will be the night he gets everything back on track. The Dbacks have not seen a whole lot of Strasburg, but what they have seen has favored the Nationals right-hander. Let's hope Stras is fully healthy tonight and that these numbers are a positive indicator of what to expect. Oh, and it goes without saying to watch out for Goldschmidt.
Strasburg vs. Current Dbacks
De La Rosa Career Stats