Washington faces Arizona, aims to build on Scherzer's strong outing
Washington; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
LINE: Diamondbacks favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Washington heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Max Scherzer. Scherzer pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts against Arizona.
The Nationals are 16-16 in home games. The Washington pitching staff owns a team ERA of 4.63, Max Scherzer paces the staff with a mark of 2.81.
The Diamondbacks are 23-18 on the road. Arizona's team on-base percentage of .316 is fourteenth in the majors. Jarrod Dyson leads the team with an OBP of .354. The Nationals won the last meeting 7-3. Scherzer earned his fifth victory and Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Washington. Robbie Ray took his fourth loss for Arizona.
TOP PERFORMERS: Rendon leads the Nationals with 15 home runs and is batting .315. Trea Turner is 13-for-40 with six doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Nationals: 6-4, .252 batting average, 3.70 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs
Diamondbacks: 7-3, .230 batting average, 3.40 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Nationals Injuries: Austen Williams: 10-day IL (shoulder), Justin Miller: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jeremy Hellickson: 10-day IL (shoulder), Koda Glover: 60-day IL (forearm), Ryan Zimmerman: 10-day IL (foot), Matt Adams: day-to-day (oblique).
Diamondbacks Injuries: Luke Weaver: 10-day IL (forearm), Taijuan Walker: 60-day IL (elbow), Jon Duplantier: 10-day IL (shoulder), Silvino Bracho: 60-day IL (elbow), Blake Swihart: 10-day IL (oblique), Steven Souza Jr.: 10-day IL (knee), Jake Lamb: 10-day IL (quad), Wilmer Flores: 10-day IL (foot), Alex Avila: 10-day IL (calf).