Scouting Report- Arizona Diamondbacks
Well, for the bazillionth time this year, my series prediction was wrong. The Oakland Athletics crushed the Nationals in a 3 game sweep, while across the country in Atlanta the Braves swept the Cubs cleanly. This was a big, big blow to the Nats, because Doug Fister made his long awaited debut in a 8-0 loss, and Gio made his return to Oakland in a 9-1 loss. This was clearly a huge gain for Braves fans but a huge loss for the Nats.
But in Phoenix, the D-Backs have been slumping all year. Their record is 15-25, the 2nd worst in baseball, only behind the Houston Astros, which makes them the worst team in the National League. The D-Backs are actually only 3-13 at home so far this year. I’m looking for the Nats to take advantage of that bad record and win the series. It will also be great to see the welcome Matt Williams gets on his return to Arizona after coaching there the last four years.
The Nats had an amazing comeback victory late last night with clutch 9th inning home runs from Espi and Frandsen. Let’s keep this winning streak going tonight!
May 13- 9:40 PM Washington Time- Stephen Strasburg (3-2, 3.42 ERA) vs. Bronson Arroyo (3-2, 4.89 ERA)
May 14- 3:40 PM Washington Time- Doug Fister (0-1, 10.38 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 5.66 ERA)