D-backs (43-64) vs. Nationals (63-44), noon, FOX Sports Arizona
Today's starting pitchers: RHP Zack Godley (3-1, 5.63) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (11-6, 2.95). . . . Storylines: For the D-backs, it's almost always about the pitching. They've given up 10, 14 and 14 runs in their past 3 games and 71 runs in their last 8 home games -- including 10 or more 5 different times. Since returning from the All-Star break, they are 5-12 and have been outscored 126-69. . . . Watch: Noon, FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports GO.
D-backs starting pitcher Zack Godley
Godley got no decision in Friday's 9-7 loss to the Dodgers. He limited them to 4 hits and 3 runs in six innings and stood in line for the victory until the bullpen's 7th-inning meltdown. ... The D-backs have won 3 of his 5 starts this season.
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Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer
Scherzer, a first-round draft pick of the D-backs back in 2006, has given up 2 runs or fewer in his last 6 starts. Over that span, he's worked 41 1/3 innings and surrendered 25 hits, 9 walks and 5 earned runs -- a 1.09 ERA -- while striking out 49. He's second to Jose Fernandez in the major leagues with 11.32 strikeouts per 9 innings. . . . He's made just 3 starts against his original team in his career, going 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA.
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Working off the rust
David Peralta is just 2 for 15 since returning from the disabled list on Friday. The D-backs would like to get his bat going in the middle of the lineup along with Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas. . . . Goldschmidt ended an 0-for-11 skid with 3 hits on Tuesday, and Lamb and Tomas both homered. For Lamb, it was his first home run since July 17. Tomas is 15 for 36 (.417) with 5 homers in his last 10 games.
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Up next: The Brewers pay a visit
The D-backs have Thursday off before closing out the homestand with 3 games against the Brewers. Braden Shipley will make his third major-league start in Friday's game vs. former D-back Chase Anderson, and Saturday is the Zack Greinke bobblehead giveaway. Greinke is pitching in Reno today on rehab assignment.