Scherzer scheduled to start as Washington hosts Kansas City
Washington; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Nationals are 24-20 on their home turf. The Washington pitching staff averages 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings, Stephen Strasburg leads them with a mark of 10.7.
The Royals are 14-31 on the road. Kansas City’s lineup has 87 home runs this season, Jorge Soler leads the club with 23 homers. The Royals won the last meeting 7-4. Brian Flynn secured his second victory and Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple and two RBIs for Kansas City. Jonny Venters registered his first loss for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 8-2, .244 batting average, 2.87 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs
Royals: 3-7, .259 batting average, 6.32 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 60-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Kyle Barraclough: 10-day IL (forearm).