We had a scare in the 9th inning last night as Wilson Ramos was knocked backwards after he took a foul tip to his upper chest. It looked serious as the trainer Paul Lessard sprinted out to Ramos’ aid. It appeared after removing Ramos’ chest protector that the issue was the foul tip broke his gold chain. Dusty Baker joked after the game, “I don’t know what he was reaching for down there and pulled out some gold. Ramos has been a Godsend. He feels good about himself. I can’t imagine not having Ramos. He’s figured it out. It takes some time. I’m hoping we do something with Big Ramos here to retain him soon.”
“They have told me absolutely nothing still,” said Ramos in response to Baker’s comment. “I’d like [to stay with the Nats], but those are decisions they make … They haven’t made any calls or communicated with [my agents]. We’re still waiting.”
Ramos and Jayson Werth will both get the day off and can combine it with tomorrow’s team day off to get them two in a row. Bryce Harper is back in the line-up as of right now, and Ryan Zimmerman will not play today.
Today’s battery is Max Scherzer and Pedro Severino. Max Scherzer was the 11th pick overall by the Diamondbacks in 2006, and Scherzer makes his off-season home in Arizona. The Diamondbacks traded Scherzer in 2009 to Detroit as part of a three-team blockbuster.
The Diamondbacks will pitch Zack Godley who has struggled much of this year to a 5.63 ERA in just 32.0 innings of work. The righty Godley faced the Nationals last year.
Here are the Nats stats against Zack Godley:
Here is Max Scherzer’s stats against the Diamondbacks:
Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks
Stadium: Chase Field, Arizona
1st Pitch: 3:40 pm EDT
TV: MASN, FOX Sports, MLB.tv
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Trea Turner CF
- Ben Revere LF
- Bryce Harper RF
- Daniel Murphy 1B
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Wilmer Difo 2B
- Pedro Severino C
- Max Scherzer RHP