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Series Preview: Pirates at Nationals

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Nationals (6-5) enter this weekend’s series having taken the last two out of a three-game set in Philadelphia. This series marks the first time this season either team will play an out-of-division opponent.

There’s a legitimate argument Washington could and should have kept Bryce Harper, but in any case they have a pretty darn good ballclub. Anthony Rendon (.429/.490/.881, 4 HR), Victor Robles (.308/.386/.692) and Juan Soto (.268/.400/.488) have paced the offense. You may remember Robles as the guy the Pirates couldn’t pry away for Andrew McCutchen, and understandably so.

Trea Turner remains out with a finger injury suffered in the season’s opening series.

Max Scherzer has struck out 28 batters in 19 innings, and Stephen Strasburg has fanned 20 in 16 2-3. Scherzer is dealing with right leg soreness, but it looks like he’s still going to make his start on Saturday.

Closer Sean Doolittle hasn’t allowed a run. On the other end of the spectrum, it took five appearances for Trevor Rosenthal to record an out. The Nats were considered close to signing Bud Norris, but that deal has fallen through.

Schedule

Friday, 7:05 p.m. — Trevor Williams (1-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (0-0, 3.75), TV: MLB Network (in market)

Saturday, 4:05 p.m. — Chris Archer (1-0, 2.45) vs. Max Scherzer (1-2, 3.32), TV: AT&T SportsNet

Sunday, 1:35 p.m. — Jameson Taillon (0-2, 3.00) vs. Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.52), TV: AT&T SportsNet

Poll

How many games will the Pirates win in Washington?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    3
    (33 votes)
  • 33%
    2
    (111 votes)
  • 42%
    1
    (141 votes)
  • 13%
    0
    (45 votes)
330 votes total Vote Now