The Nationals went into the weekend series with an opportunity to widen their lead in the NL East, but simply could not capitalize. In the opening game on Friday night, the Mets scored in the bottom of the 12th to walk off in extras, then on Saturday night they scored late in the game to pick up the win. Finally, the Mets made sure the Nationals lead on Sunday was short lived and sealed the deal on the series sweep. Now, the Nationals and Mets find themselves tied atop the division at the beginning of August. Tonight, the Nationals welcome the Diamondbacks into town, a sub .500 team that will send a rookie pitcher Zack Godley to the hill who will oppose Doug Fister.
Godley will be making his 3rd MLB start today against the Nationals. In the 12 innings he's stood on a Major League hill, he's allowed only 3 runs and both of them came in one game against the Mariners. It should be interesting to see this rookie make only his 3rd start today as the Nationals will not really know what to expect. It would be nice if the Nationals could show this rookie pitcher his first really bad day in the Majors, but we will have to wait and see. Take a look at some of Godley's stats.
Godley's Major League Stats
|162 Game Avg.||34||0||2.25||34||34||204||187||51||51||34||51||187||4.41||1.167||8.3||1.5||2.3||8.3||3.67|
Doug Fister has not had the best season so far this season, but he's still Doug Fister after all and he could rebound and turn back into what has made him the pitcher we all know so well. Though it hasn't been the best year for Fister, his numbers still aren't all that bad given the rough games he's had. If Doug Fister can give the Nationals a chance to win tonight and if he can get some run support, it could be a good night while the Nationals attempt to gain their lead back in the NL East. The Dbacks have had some success against Fister, but not significantly so, so hopefully it'll be a good night for Fister and the Nationals.
Fister vs. Current Dbacks