September 16, 2019

Washington Nationals Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

At least there’s not a lot of time to sit and think about it.

After a weekend sweep by the Mets in New York closed out a 3-7 road trip for the Nationals (54-49), they return home for a seven game home stand, beginning with four games against the Diamondbacks (50-53).

The Nationals are in the midst of 20 straight games without a day off, and the series against the Diamondbacks begins a stretch of 17 straight games against National League West opponents. The Mets, now tied with the Nationals for first place in the East, begin a road trip through Florida where they will play the Marlins and then the Rays this weekend.

*The Last Time…

The Nationals took two out of three from the Diamondbacks in Arizona in May. For a team that hasn’t scored many runs recently maybe four games against the D-Backs will help – the Nationals put up 11, 6, and 9 runs in the three game series in May.

*In The Other Dugout

The Diamondbacks were neither buyers nor sellers at the trade deadline. In fact, they were the only team in Major League Baseball not to make a deal at the trading deadline. Despite entering the series with the Nationals three games under .500, the Diamondbacks aren’t completely out of the race yet – they’re 9 games back of the Dodgers in the National League West, but only six and a half back of the Giants and Cubs in the chase for the second wild card spot.

*Matchup To Watch

Paul Goldschmidt hasn’t faced Nationals pitchers too much in his career, but his numbers against Gio Gonzalez stand out – he’s 4 for 6 against Wednesday night’s Nationals starter.

*Probables

Monday, 7:05pm: Zack Godley (2-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Doug Fister (4-6, 4.39 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:05pm: Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:05pm: Rubby De La Rosa (8-5, 4.59 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75 ERA)

Thursday, 4:05pm: Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 4.95 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (2-3, 3.00 ERA)

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