Doug Fister was awesome in his second start of the disabled list yesterday against the Braves. He went 7 strong innings, struck out 4, and walked only 1 in the shutout victory. The Nationals are on a roll after having won 6 games in a row with 2 consecutive sweeps. The good run is positive, but the fact that Anthony Rendon has hit the DL today taints the fun a little bit. Hopefully he is back in the lineup sooner rather than later. In tonight's matchup, Max Scherzer will pair up against Aaron Harang at Citizens Bank Park after the news that the Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has stepped down. The Phillies are falling even further into a state of unknowns, the Nationals need to come in and step on their collective neck.
Max Scherzer has been amazing this season, but his last two starts have been next level kind of stuff. In his last start, he almost had a perfect game, but ultimately got the no hitter, the second one in the last two years for the Washington Nationals and the first one of Max Scherzer's career. He's been truly dominant and if he can give 80% of what he has done in his last two starts the Phillies won't stand a chance. Max Scherzer has kept the Phillies to a .576 OPS in 137 plate appearances, so hopefully he can keep them down again tonight.
Scherzer vs. Current Phillies
Aaron Harang is a salty veteran of Major League Baseball. He's had a pretty good season so far in 2015 and a pretty average career overall. He is in his 14th season and when you stick around that long you have probably done something right. Harang may not be a shutout kind of guy, but he will give his team a chance to win the game. Harang usually stays into the game until he has completed the 6th inning. The Nationals have seen Harang quite a bit over the years and the Nationals have fared well against him in that time.
Harang vs. Current Nationals