Game #153 It’s a #Scherzday Thursday at Nats Park!

While the Nationals players will be dispersing to their off-season homes in two weeks barring a miracle of biblical proportions, there is still great baseball to see as Max Scherzer is pitching tonight with a chance to do something spectacular to win another Cy Young award. Many wanted to see Scherzer and Jacob deGrom face-off but that didn’t match-up on the calendar. DeGrom is supposed to start tomorrow against Joe Ross. For Nats fans, they not only get to see Scherzer tonight — they also get to see Victor Robles and Juan Soto in a glimpse into the future. The Nats have 7 home games remaining this season, and these could be the last 7 games to see Bryce Harper in his Nationals home white uniform.

Several Nats will be going for some milestones like Scherzer who still has a chance at 20-wins and 300 strikeouts for the season, Harper is going for 100 runs and 100 RBIs, Soto is going for 25 home runs to set the teenage home run record and hit at least .300, Trea Turner wants to join the 20/40 club and he took care of the 40 steals on Tuesday and now just needs his 20th home run, Anthony Rendon wants to get over a .900 OPS, and Ryan Zimmerman wants to get to his career average .280 on the back of his baseball card.

For some other Nats players, they are trying to impress manager Dave Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo that they are worthy of being on this team next year. One of those players is Victor Robles who should get another start tonight against a lefty starter. The Mets start Jason Vargas who has a 6.47 ERA, and he has been wildly inconsistent this season.

In this 4-game series, the Nats will not face the hot Zack Wheeler as he has exceeded his innings limit and done for the season. Nats will also not face Noah Syndergaard as he pitched yesterday. The rotation right now appears to be:

  1. Vargas vs. Scherzer
  2. deGrom vs. Ross
  3. TBD vs. Tanner Roark
  4. TBD (Steven Matz potenitally)  vs. Erick Fedde

New York Mets 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:

  1. Victor Robles CF
  2. Trea Turner SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Anthony Rendon 3B
  5. Juan Soto LF
  6. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  7. Matt Wieters C
  8. Adrian Sanchez 2B
  9. Max Scherzer RHP
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