Jordan Zimmermann had one of the best starts of his season yesterday at Nationals park when he went 7 innings, allowed only 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 8. The Nationals beat up on the defending World Series Champions in their holiday weekend visit to Nationals Park and now sit with a nice 46-36 record at 1st place in the NL East. Tonight, the Nationals will host the reds and Doug Fister will look for a rebound after his last start while Anthony DeSclafani will take the hill for the Reds.
DeSclafani has 21 starts in the big leagues between the Marlins and Reds dating back to last season and he's been something of a mixed bag in that time. While he's having himself a fairly good season this year, his efforts have been lost on the Reds who have a 36-44 record which is good for only 4th place in the NL Central. To his credit, though he's been something the Reds have needed in a reliable pitcher, even if he doesn't blow the competition away. He'll give his team a chance most nights, but he's seen his fair share of rough games as well. In a very small sample size against the Nationals, tonight's home team has lit the scoreboard up behind DeSclafani, so keep an eye on Wilson Ramos tonight.
DeSclafani vs. Current Nationals
Doug Fister went into the 6th inning in his last start, but he allowed 4 runs as well. While he wasn't lights out he is definitely getting back into a rhythm that will make him the crazy, fast paced, and fun pitcher to watch that he's come to be. He will no doubt be looking to go deep into tonight's game as he takes the hill against the Reds and he is known for giving his team a good chance in ballgames. The good news in yet another limited sample is that Fister has really shut down the current players on the Reds. Let's see how he handles them all tonight.
Fister vs. Current Reds