What to Watch for: 9.27.13
Washington Nationals (84-75) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (80-79)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.02) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.28)
Washington opens its final series of the 2013 season Friday night in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While the series does not have any postseason implications, the opening matchup will pit two of the brightest young pitchers in the National League against one another as Stephen Strasburg faces off against Patrick Corbin. These two met earlier this year with each allowing two runs over 7.0 innings of work in a game that was eventually won by Arizona, 3-2 in 11 innings.
1. Jeff Kobernus LF
2. Ryan Zimmerman 3B
3. Jayson Werth RF
4. Bryce Harper CF
5. Ian Desmond SS
6. Wilson Ramos C
7. Tyler Moore LF
8. Anthony Rendon 2B
9. Stephen Strasburg RHP
Stephen Strasburg will make his career-high 30th start of the season tonight. He will also add to his career-best innings total, which sits at 176.0 entering play. Strasburg has improved upon his ERA, and WHIP thus far this year, and he needs 10 more strikeouts to match his career high (197), set last season.
Jayson Werth (.316) appears likely to become the fifth qualified National to hit .300+ in a single season, joining Dmitri Young (.320, 2007), Cristian Guzman (.316, 2008), Ryan Zimmerman (.307, 2010) and Michael Morse (.303, 2011) on the short list.
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
The Nationals are 103-94 on the road under Davey Johnson. The corresponding .523 road win percentage in that span ranks fourth in Major League Baseball behind only Texas (.562), Los Angeles NL (.534) and Detroit (.532).