This is the game many have been waiting for as the heavyweight rematch of the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs. As mentioned, no matter who wins these games, both teams will be in 1st place in their respective divisions after the conclusion of Wednesday’s game; however, the Nationals still want to win and quiet the doubters.
Tonight’s match-up is Max Scherzer and Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks is coming off of a short outing and a loss in Philadelphia where his sinker wasn’t sinking well enough and his curveball wasn’t curving enough. Hendricks is a 3 pitch pitcher with a repertoire of fastball, change-up, and curveball. His fastball sits at around 88mph, and he is a finesse pitcher who lives on movement and location. Every once in a while Hendricks will hit 90 on the radar gun.
The Nats have faced Hendricks once this year, and have a good idea of what he throws.
Here is your Nats stats against Kyle Hendricks:
Here is Max Scherzer’s stats against the Chicago Cubs:
This is what Anthony Rizzo was doing earlier today as a tourist in Washington DC.
Touring our nations capital this morning with Bussman and TFED pic.twitter.com/zsxWdgjBqH
— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) June 13, 2016
Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
1st Pitch: 7:05pm EDT
TV: MASN, ESPN, CSN-Chicago, MLB.tv
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Ben Revere CF
- Jayson Werth LF
- Bryce Harper RF
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Wilson Ramos C
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Max Scherzer RHP
Here is a 2016 and 2015 chart of the Cubs starters: