Baltimore has had a horrendous season, and it is unclear if manager Brandon Hyde will even be retained through this long, rough rebuild process. One thing they did do, however, is shut out their neighbors in DC with a 2-0 win Tuesday night. They put two on the board in the top of the first and just never looked back. If the Nationals end up missing the playoffs, Baltimore can at least sleep better at night knowing they ruined their chances.
Washington cannot dwell on that defeat and just needs to keep moving forward. This is a team that still hopes to make the playoffs and is still the top Wild Card in the NL. Winning the division is not yet out of the question if they can keep pace with Atlanta and play them well in the head-to-head’s. They cannot overlook Baltimore in the series finale as they probably did in the opener.
The moneyline on the Orioles is set at +350, while it is at -420 for the Nationals. The over/under is set at nine runs.
Can The Orioles Do It Again?
Coming off a win in the series opener, Baltimore will be looking to play more spoiler. The NL Wild Card race is very tight, and these games are actually very important. By the numbers, very few Orioles have had solid offensive seasons. They can look at either Trey Mancini or Renato Nunez for a home run when they need it, and occasionally to Villar. They can also remember that Chris Davis has nearly 3X as many strikeouts as hits, and he is the one they are paying the most money.
Asher Wojciechowski is going to be making his 11th start (12th appearance) of the season. He has posted a 2-6 record with a 4.67 ERA in 54 innings of work. He has struck out 58 batters while walking 23.
Nationals Look To Bounce Back
Washington had been one of the hottest teams in the league before being shut out, and a group that had averaged over 10 runs per game over its past nine. Then all of a sudden, they face a struggling team and can not muster a single run. Juan Soto and Victor Robles have been leading the charge while Anthony Rendon has already set a new career high for RBI with a whole month left in the season. This is a group that is not going to fret over one loss but use it as a means to get it done in the series finale.
Max Scherzer is set to make his 22nd start of the season tonight. He has posted a 9-5 record with a 2.41 ERA in 138 1/3 innings of work. He has struck out 192 batters while walking just 26.
Scherzer Leads Nats To Victory
With their ace on the mound, the Nats will not lose tonight. The offense will find its groove, and Scherzer will go seven strong.
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