Dusty Baker says he wants to get Max Scherzer his 20th win which has always been considered a great pitching mileston. A 20th win for Scherzer would be a fitting finale to the 2016 regular season; however, the bigger picture is a nice and easy outing for Max Scherzer who will be starting in just 5 days the Game #1 of the NLDS in Washington, D.C. We can only hope that a 20th win and nice and easy can be done together as one.
Here is what the NL pitching charts (below) look like and while Clayton Kershaw won’t qualify on the ERA charts because he did not reach 162 innings this year, Kershaw and Jacob deGrom are all still eligible for Cy Young voting. Tanner Roark yesterday lowered his ERA from 2.86 to 2.83. Roark has to be in the Cy discussion.
This is what your Top 10 pitchers look like:
Speaking of Nationals’ star players, Bryce Harper posted on his Instagram a picture of himself with Trea Turner which is a nice gesture and it is a fine photo even though he cropped out Brian Goodwin. The most interesting part is what Bryce Harper wrote as a caption which we highlighted: “My favorite player! #TBE”
Speaking of another star Nationals’ player, it appears Wilson Ramos will now remain in the DC area with his surgery with the team orthopedic surgeon, and Ramos will stay with the team for the playoffs as Dusty Baker did in fact talk the Buffalo into staying as he said he would try to do:
Source: Wilson Ramos will seek surgeon in DC area to stay in DC for the playoffs. Dusty must've talked the Buffalo into staying! ⚾⭐
— TALK NATS Blog (@TalkNats2) October 2, 2016
Speaking of another star Nationals’ player, Daniel Murphy took early batting practice. This is a good sign, and we could see Murphy make a pinch-hitting appearance and take the batting crown he deserves to win.
Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 3:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, Fox Sports Florida, MLB.TV
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Trea Turner CF
- Ben Revere LF
- Bryce Harper RF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Stephen Drew 3B
- Wilmer Difo 2B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Jose Lobaton C
- Max Scherzer RHP