The Nationals won 2 of the 3 games they played against the Cubs and Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, and Drew Storen have simply been dominant. Hopefully they will keep the momentum going and get another series win against the Reds. Fortunately for the Nationals, the Reds haven't been particularly good this season and with the fire the Nationals have been playing with it figures to be a good series for the D.C. based team. Let's hope that remains to be the case at any rate. Today, Stephen Strasburg will face Anthony DeSclafani at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Stephen Strasburg's season has been one he would no doubt love to forget. For what ever reason, he simply hasn't pitched like Stephen Strasburg this year. Maybe at some point this season he will start pitching like himself again, but until that happens I wouldn't bet on him to be the pitcher we know he is for a little while. Strasburg has done historically well against everyone in his short career, but the current lineup the Reds have put together haven't had an issue with the young righty. Given how his season has been and this lineup's numbers against Strasburg, it may not be the most fun night, but there is a reason they play the games. Perhaps tonight will be the night Strasburg gets it together.
Strasburg vs. Current Reds
DeSclafani had a short stint with the Marlins last year and though he started a few games a majority of his Big League time was out of the bullpen. He's only been a starter for the Reds so far this season and he's done pretty well for himself. he's put together a 3.46 ERA and a 3.97 FIP. He's also got a respectable 6.9 K/9 this season, but a relatively depressing 4.0 BB/9. Well, that's depressing for the Reds anyway, looks good for the Nationals. The number of plate appearances DeSclafani has against the Nationals is so small it's not even worth mentioning. Take a look at some more of his career numbers.
DeSclafani's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||8||11||4.55||42||26||161||153||89||81||15||53||125||3.89||1.282||3.0||7.0|
|CIN (1 yr)||2||4||3.46||9||9||52.0||41||24||20||4||23||40||3.97||1.231||4.0||6.9|
|MIA (1 yr)||2||2||6.27||13||5||33.0||40||23||23||4||5||26||3.77||1.364||1.4||7.1|