September 21, 2019

Washington Nationals vs Seattle Mariners Series Preview

After being swept out of Philadelphia by the Phillies, the Washington Nationals are now on the west coast for a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

Teams

Washington Nationals (75-57, 1st in NL East) vs Seattle Mariners (72-60, 3rd in AL West)

Schedule

Game 1: Friday, August 29 @ 10:10 PM EST

Game 2: Saturday, August 30 @ 9:10 PM EST

Game 3: Sunday, August 31 @ 4:10 PM EST

Probable Pitcher (Season Stats; Career vs Opponent)

Game 1: Jordan Zimmermann (9-5, 2.93; N/A) vs Felix Hernandez (13-4, 2.07; N/A)

Game 2: Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.59; N/A) vs Chris Young (12-6, 3.17; 3-2, 2.75)

Game 3: Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81; N/A) vs Hisashi Iwakuma (12-6, 2.83; N/A) 

Players to Watch

Washington:

  • Denard Span: .300 BA, .351 OBP, 35 doubles, 7 triples, 81 runs scored, 27 SB
  • Ian Desmond: .252 BA, .425 SLG, 19 doubles, 21 HR, 80 RBI, 17 SB
  • Jayson Werth: .288 BA, .440 SLG, 30 doubles, 13 HR, 71 RBI
  • Wilson Ramos: .289 BA, .414 SLG, 11 doubles, 7 HR, 36 RBI

Seattle:

  • Robinson Cano: .325 BA, 30 doubles, 2 triples, 12 HR, 71 RBI
  • Kyle Seager: .275 BA, .471 SLG, 26 doubles, 20 HR, 81 RBI
  • Dustin Ackley: .256 BA, 26 doubles, 9 HR, 55 RBI
  • Logan Morris: .242 BA, 12 doubles, 6 HR, 27 RBI

Notables on the Injury Report

Washington:

  • Per usual, Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) and Nate McLouth (shoulder) will not be playing.
  • Adam LaRoche is listed as day-to-day with back tightness, but played in all three games against Philadelphia.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera is also listed as day-to-day with side soreness, but played in all three games against Philadelphia.

Seattle:

  • Right fielder Chris Denorfia is day-to-day with a neck injury and didn’t play in Seattle’s most recent series against the Rangers.

Series Notes

The Nationals have lost four out of their last six games going back to their streak-ending loss to the San Francisco Giants last Friday. They go against a solid pitching staff in the Mariners this weekend. We’ll learn a lot about their mental makeup in this series. 

Seattle is trending upward, going 11-5 in their last 16 games. In that stretch, they swept the Toronto Blue Jays in Seattle and Boston Red Sox on the road. This is a team that is only getting better and Washington should be careful. 

Speaking of upward trends, Wilson Ramos has picked up a hit in eight of his last 10 games. In that span, the Nationals’ catcher has also hit two homers and seven RBI. 

A player that should receive some attention this series is Ian Desmond. The short stop is currently on a four-game hitting streak that has elevated his average from .246 to .252. While that’s still low, at least it’s going the right direction. Against the Phillies, he went 5-for-12 with a double, RBI and stolen base.

These two teams have squared off just nine times since the Nationals moved to D.C. in 2005. Washington is undefeated in those nine contests. Seattle is the only team in MLB that has yet to defeat the Nationals since their move. Washington has out-scored Seattle 41-22 in that nine-game span.

Washington will see a familiar face when they look into the other team’s dugout. Former third base coach Trent Jewett was hired on as the Mariners’ bench coach this past offseason. 

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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