Jordan Zimmermann took the mound yesterday having pitched exceptionally well in his last 4 games. Though he didn't play past the 5th inning yesterday and he allowed all 4 of the runs the Orioles scored, he did enough to give his team a chance to win. The bullpen did everything it needed to and brought home the win. Today, staff ace Max Scherzer will oppose Wei-Yin Chen in the rubber match this afternoon at Camden Yards.
Max Scherzer didn't have a great game the last time he took the hill. He went 4.2 innings, allowed 5 runs, and only struck out 4. It was the first time this season he didn't complete at least 6 innings. He will no doubt be looking to bounce back today after his last and very unsatisfying start. Fortunately, he's been great this season and every pitcher is allowed to have a blip on the radar screen. Hopefully that is all it was for Scherzer and that he is back on top of his game today. The current players on the Orioles have seen the Nationals righty well, but hopefully today is not a good day for them.
Scherzer vs. Current Orioles
Wei-Yin Chen has been a steady presence in the Orioles rotation and this season he's doing pretty well for himself. He has a career best ERA at 2.82, though his FIP this season is currently higher than what is normal for him at 4.43. His last 4 games have been very good, having gone at least 6 innings each time and having gone 8 innings twice. He's been pretty good, so the Nationals will have their work cut out for a pitcher who is in the midst of a strong streak. The Nationals haven't seen him a lot, but when they have he's done a good job of keeping them off the bases. So let's hope things turn around for the Nationals today.
Chen vs. Current Nationals