Max Scherzer (12-11, 2.90 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the mound for the Washington Nationals (78-72) as they meet Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.19 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (74-76) in the second of a three-game series at Nationals Park. The Orioles won the last game 4-1 and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 23 and will air on MAS2 and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Scherzer pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Ryan Zimmerman (.249, 43 Rs, 16 HRs, 73 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Orioles were unsuccessful the last time Tillman pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. Chris Davis (.264, 92 Rs, 43 HRs, 110 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Nationals have an 8-9 record SU against the American League. The Nationals have the most prolific offense in the entire NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking third in the NL with an average of 3.5 walks per game. The most recent 10 game stretch for Washington's pitching staff has gone great. Over that span, Washington's opponents are averaging 2.8 runs per game, below their season average of 4.0. The Nationals are the best in the NL in walks allowed, giving up just 2.2 per game.
When playing Interleague competitors, the Orioles have a 9-8 record SU. The Orioles are known for their power, smashing 200 home runs. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Baltimore pitchers. They allowed 5.8 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.3.
This game will feature Tillman (RHP) on the mound against the Nationals, who have a 59-55 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Scherzer. They sport a 52-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Was
Baltimore recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Nationals are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Orioles have a 20-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Nationals are 12-60. The Orioles have a 12-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Washington ranks in the top 10 of the league at eighth when it comes to home runs, hitting 166 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 200.
Washington and Baltimore both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Washington sits at eighth with 8.58 hits per game and Baltimore ranks 10th with 8.54.
Ranking 13th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.729). Washington ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .735.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 42-56, well-matched with the Nationals who are 34-44 when allowing at least one homer.