Max Scherzer (12-6, 2.87 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the Washington Nationals (66-45) as they meet Trevor Bauer (7-5, 4.08 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (62-47) in the first of a two-game series at Nationals Park. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and will air on STOh and MASN.
In his last start, Scherzer pitched 8.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out 11 and walking one in an 8-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. The Indians were unsuccessful the last time Bauer pitched. He struggled, going 2.2 innings, allowing eight runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking five in a 13-5 loss to the Twins. Mike Napoli (.253, 71 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.
In their last game, the Indians lost by a margin of one run. The Nationals are 16-13 in one-run games. The Indians have a 14-15 record in close games.
Cleveland has won 50% (24-24) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Washington has won 62% (28-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Nationals have a 22-21 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Nationals are 50-11. The Indians have a 49-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Washington has earned 522 this season. Cleveland ranks fifth with 544 runs.
Washington and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Washington sits at 10th with an OPS of .757, and Cleveland ranks seventh with an OPS of .767.
The Indians are 37-41 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Nationals are 37-35 when they allow at least one homer.