The Nationals put Jordan Zimmermann on the mound yesterday and got 7 strong frames out of him, along with 8 strike outs and one walk. He did allow 2 home runs and ultimately allowed 3 runs, which proved to be too much for the Nationals to overcome. On top of that, Blake Treinen allowed 2 more runs and the Rays had everything they needed to win the game. The Nationals have had a very up and down season and a particularly rough June. They need to get back on a hot streak to try and gain back some ground in the division and take over 1st place. Tonight, Doug Fister returns from the Disable List and he will be opposed by the Rays Chris Archer.
Chris Archer is a pretty good pitcher and he's had pretty good success so far this season. He's put together a 2.00 ERA and a 2.08 FIP to go with a devastating 11.3 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9. He will be a very tough task for the Nationals tonight as he has been for the rest of the Major Leagues. Archer is an AL pitcher and the Nationals are an NL team, so much like many of these kinds of match ups, Archer has not really faced anyone on the Nationals, so take a look at some of his stats.
Archer's Career Stats
|162 Game Avg.||12||11||3.11||34||34||203||170||80||70||66||194||3.32||1.163||7.5||0.7||2.9||8.6|
Doug Fister will be making his first start since May the 14th after a forearm injury forced him to sit out. He wasn't tearing it up like he normally does at the beginning of the season, so the hope is that he is now fully recovered from what ailed him. Fister is a great pitcher that is a lot of fun to watch and that is just what the Nationals need tonight, so let's hope he's ready. Fister has had 78 plate appearances against 6 hitters in the Rays lineup. That doesn't give you a whole lot of an idea of what to expect tonight, but it will give you an idea of how he will likely be against these guys.
Fister vs. Current Rays