Nationals @ Padres 5/17/15

Max Scherzer truly dominated the Padres last night at Petco Park, lowering his already meager ERA to 1.75. The bats did everything they had to do as well, giving him enough support to carry the team to victory.

With Max Scherzer allowing nothing for the Padres to work with and the bats doing enough to carry the team through, victory was all but assured last night at Petco Park. Scherzer, much like in his previous start, simply had everything working as he went 7 innings, stuck out 11, walked only 2, and allowed only 4 hits. Aaron Barrett had something of a rough 2/3 of an inning, but the Nationals brought in Storen and he closed the door. The Nationals have now won 2 of the 3 games they've played in this 4 game set. Stephen Strasburg will take the hill against Ian Kennedy in the final game of the series where the Nationals will attempt to take the series.



Strasburg's 2015 season has been something of a nightmare for the big right hander. He is currently sporting an uncharacteristic 6.06 ERA and hasn't gotten past the 4th inning in his last 2 starts. Though he did miss a start with a weird injury, the team was hopeful he was back in good shape and ready to go in his last start. Though he had a bad game, this doesn't mean he isn't in good health or that he will not have a good game today, so it's a big wait and see on Strasburg today. Though this season hasn't been great for him, it's entirely possible he'll get back on track at any moment and maybe today is that day. Strasburg hasn't see a whole lot of his childhood favorite team in his career, but what he has seen of the current lineup has been somewhat favorable to the Friars.


Strasburg vs. Current Padres
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Justin Upton 29 27 7 0 0 1 4 1 7 .259 .310 .370 .681
Will Venable 14 13 4 1 1 0 1 1 4 .308 .357 .538 .896
Clint Barmes 11 11 2 0 0 1 2 0 4 .182 .182 .455 .636
Alexi Amarista 9 8 3 0 0 1 2 1 2 .375 .444 .750 1.194
Jedd Gyorko 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .333 .400 .733
Matt Kemp 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 74 69 17 2 1 3 9 3 23 .246 .297 .435 .732
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Generated 5/17/2015.

Like Strasburg, Kennedy missed a short stint of MLB action with a minor injury. He as well has had a none too fun 2015 as he has some very uncharacteristic numbers including his elevated 5.92 ERA and 6.48 FIP. Kennedy has always been a pretty good Major League pitcher, so he could get on track at any moment much like Strasburg. The fact that he'd gone to the DL with a legitimate hamstring issue could show that he did have something hampering him. Even though his first game back wasn't great, it's possible he gets it all sorted out today. The Nationals have seen Kennedy an okay amount, but in that time the current lineup has done a great job of getting to the Padres right hander.


Kennedy vs. Current Nationals
Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ian Desmond 17 16 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 .375 .375 .438 .813
Jayson Werth 16 14 5 2 0 1 3 0 2 .357 .375 .714 1.089
Danny Espinosa 11 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .111 .200 .111 .311
Wilson Ramos 9 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 .125 .222 .250 .472
Ryan Zimmerman 8 8 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 .375 .375 .875 1.250
Denard Span 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .143 .143 .286
Dan Uggla 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .143 .143 .143 .286
Yunel Escobar 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 3 0 1.000 1.000 2.500 3.500
Bryce Harper 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Jose Lobaton 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jordan Zimmermann 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 88 79 21 6 0 3 6 4 16 .266 .314 .456 .770
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Generated 5/17/2015.


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