After an offense-laden victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks (41-35) on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals (38-38) will look to keep the bats hot to go for the series win on Wednesday.
They will need to continue their record of offensive success against Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley, who has a 3.85 ERA in his three-year career. The Nationals have a .400/.478/.550 slash line against him in 23 at-bats, and with the way their hitters have been producing lately, they have a good shot at replicating some of those numbers.
In June, the Nationals have a .242/.297/.378 slash line with 17 home runs, which is an improvement over their .235/.293/.377 year total slash line. During Tuesday’s 7-5 victory, the Nats put up 11 hits, and Adam LaRoche led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in the third inning.
The Nationals will counter Miley with Jordan Zimmermann, who will go for his MLB-leading 11th win on Wednesday following a solid performance from Gio Gonzalez on Tuesday.
Gonzalez pitched six and one-third innings, and allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts. The win broke an eight-game winless streak for Gonzalez, whose record now stands at 4-3.
If the Nationals can put in similar performances on both pitching an offense as they did in the series opener, the chances of winning the series and advancing their record over .500 are in their favor.
In The Zone
Adam LaRoche (1B) .500 AVG, .571 OBP, .778 SLG, 1 HR, 5 RBI (last five games)
Paul Goldschmidt (1B) .400 AVG, .429 OBP, .700 SLG, 2 HR, 4 RBI (last five games)
Jason Kubel (LF) .400 AVG, .471 OBP, .467 SLG, 1 2B, 3 RBI (last five games)
Miguel Montero (C) .211 AVG, .286 OBP, .211 SLG, 4 SO (last five games)
Willie Bloomquist (2B) .158 AVG, .158 OBP, .211 SLG, 2 SO (last five games)
6/25, Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31 ERA, .204 BAA, 97 SO) vs. Trevor Cahill (3-9, 2.19 ERA, .205 BAA, 79 SO)
6/26, Jordan Zimmermann (10-3, 2.26 ERA, .213 BAA, 76 SO) vs. Wade Miley (4-6, 4.70 ERA, .284 BAA, 65 SO)
6/27, Stephen Strasburg (4-6, 2.40 ERA, .208 BAA, 86 SO) vs. Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.19 ERA, .205 AVG, 79 SO)