Doug Fister took the hill yesterday in the midst of a season he's likely looking forward to forgetting. He went 6 innings, but allowed 5 runs between the 3rd and 5th frames and when the Dbacks scored that 5 run, it would seal the fate of the Nationals on the evening. Though the Nationals had a nice bottom of the 9th, scoring 4 runs before getting the 3 outs, it would prove to be to little far too late. The Nationals are in the midst of a 4 game skid and today Max Scherzer will look to right the ship against Patrick Corbin and the Dbacks.
Patrick Corbin returned to the big leagues this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery prior to the start of the regular season. He returned on July 4th and has made 5 starts in that time. The ups and downs of recovering from the elbow surgery haven't been too unkind to him since he has come back, sporting a 3.21 ERA in his 5 starts, so his start tonight could really go any direction. That being said he will no doubt be an imposing presence on the mound against the Nationals, who have a .691 OPS against Corbin in 48 plate appearances.
Corbin vs. Current Nationals
Max Scherzer has had a pretty stellar season and it was good to see him go 7 innings in his last start since his prior game saw him only last 5. The month of July had 2 games for Scherzer in which he didn't pitch at least 6 innings, and those are the only ones so far this season. Scherzer has been a true ace in the Nationals rotation and the team needs him in a big way tonight. A win behind the Nationals ace would stop the losing skid and hopefully help the Nationals to gain some ground in the NL East, having surrendered the lead after their loss last night. Scherzer has been quite stingy to the Dbacks in the time he's seen them, so hopefully that will continue tonight.
Scherzer vs. Current Dbacks