The Nationals have been seeing a whole lot of lefties lately. Tonight, they are scheduled against Eric Lauer who was the 25th pick of the Padres in 2016 out of Kent State. Lauer’s debut a month ago was not great and righties have been torching him to a 10.13 ERA. The soft-tossing lefty has fared well against lefties. Overall he has an 8.14 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP and he will walk a batter if they work the count and show patience.
For the Nationals, it is Jeremy Hellickson‘s turn to pitch, and he last pitched 9-days ago. This will be Hellickson’s 7th start of the season and hoping he can go at least 6.0 full innings today. He pitched that 6 2/3 inning gem against the Padres when he pitched a shutout while striking out 8 San Diego batters on May 8th.
It will be interesting to see if manager Dave Martinez pencils out the same line-up as yesterday since Lauer fares well against lefty batters.
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As we wrote yesterday, our sources have told us that the Nationals will call-up Erick Fedde from Triple-A Syracuse for a spot-start which will require two moves which will probably move a reliever back to Triple-A.
San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN; MLB App out-of-market
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
- Trea Turner SS
- Bryce Harper RF
- Trea Rendon 3B
- Mark Reynolds 1B
- Pedro Severino C
- Juan Soto LF
- Wilmer Difo 2B
- Michael Taylor CF
- Jeremy Hellickson RHP