Game #64 Season finale with the SF Giants; It’s Scherz-Day

Rumor has it that Max Scherzer wanted to party-all-night with Alexander Ovechkin, but Mad Max of course thought better of it as he had to work today. Scherzer is scheduled to pitch this afternoon for the Nats in the season finale with the San Francisco Giants. This is also the rubber game of the series if the game can be played as the weather hovering near Nationals Park is dark and ominous. 

As  we wrote this morning from inside sources, the Nationals announced 4 more roster moves as they recalled RHP Trevor Gott and RHP Wander Suero while placing RHP Brandon Kintzler (right forearm flexor strain) and RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) on the 10-day DL. We believe that on Wednesday a reliever will be optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Erick Fedde. In addition, we have been told that Daniel Murphy will be activated on Tuesday to be the DH in Yankees Stadium for a 2-game inter-league series against the Yankees.

For today’s game, the Giants will start lefty Derek Holland, and he has been struggling for years. Holland is pitching better than last year when he had an ERA over 6.00 in the American League. This season he has a 4.91 ERA in 12 starts with only a 7.7 K/9. With all of that said, Holland crushes lefty batters who have only hit him at .136 this year with a .182 slugging percentage. On the other hand, right-handed batters have pummeled Holland at an .855 OPS. Unfortunately for manager Dave Martinez, he only has one right-handed outfielder, and Michael Taylor is back to centerfield surrounded by Soto and Harper on the corners. Reynolds is back at 1st base and Severino at catcher.

Tomorrow is a scheduled day-off in New York City, and so much is dependent on today’s weather.


San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch:  4:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2; MLB App out-of-market
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app

Line-ups subject to change without notice

  1. Trea Turner SS
  2. Bryce Harper RF
  3. Anthony Rendon 3B
  4. Mark Reynolds 1B
  5. Juan Soto LF
  6. Michael Taylor CF
  7. Wilmer Difo 2B
  8. Pedro Severino C
  9. Max Scherzer RHP
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