Nats (29-19) vs. Carinals (24-24) at Nationals Park
The Nationals continue their series against St. Louis aiming to go a perfect 5-0 against the Cardinals on the season. On Thursday night it was Joe Ross who held them in check. On Friday, it will be Max Scherzer (5-3, 3.80) looking to shut them down.
Scherzer is coming off an eight-inning, two-run outing against the Marlins on May 22. He has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three outings. Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings against the Cardinals back on May 1.
Behind Scherzer will be the usual lineup with Daniel Murphy back in there after taking Thursday off.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 183
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Cardinals - Jaime Garcia
CF Ben Revere
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer
LHP Jaime Garcia
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is an eight-year veteran of the MLB, but even 31-year-old aces can learn new tricks. Like how to hit a home run (hint: "swing the bat verry hard").
That sage advice comes from Baseball, the ambitiously titled book mailed to Scherzer by a young Nats fan. As you can see, our author doubles as illustrator.
Other excerpts from pages 11 and 12 (complicated sport, long book):
There are many positions in baseball. 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, short stop, center field, right field, left field, cetcher and pitcher.
You run all the way around the bases. But only if the ball is hit out of the field.
Let's hope this intrepid child included instructions for winning the World Series, then the Nationals would really be in business.
The mighty Cubs might have some weaknesses after all. After opening strong out of the gate, the Cubs have dropped some questionable games of late. Weirdly enough, this weekend's series against the Phillies might go a long way in determining where they're at as a team. How did the rest of the league fare this week? To the rankings!
30. Atlanta Braves (LW: 30)
They're on pace to have the worst offense ever.
29. Minnesota Twins (LW: 29)
If they wanted to fire hitting coach Tom Brunansky, it seems like waiting until they were 12-34 to do so wasn't the smartest idea.
28. San Diego Padres (LW: 27)
Melvin Upton Jr. might be their best trade asset, which is such a bizarre sentence.
27. Houston Astros (LW: 28)
Taking two of three from the Orioles is a nice starting point.
26. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 25)
Nothing like the ol' mid-May 10-game losing streak.