I did not like the way the Nats played against St. Louis. Game 1 was a tough loss, but I thought “Ah, who cares. We’ll get them tomorrow when Stras pitches.” But the next day we were outpitched by Shelby Miller. The third game didn’t go our way either, but when I saw Jayson Werth up with the bases loaded in the 9th inning I thought maybe we had a chance. But no luck.
The Nats are back home tonight, facing off against the Astros, whom they swept in a quick two games earlier this season. However, the Houston Astros have been very good lately and look like a different team then the one we faced before. They have been led by rookie outfielder George Springer and 8-3 starter Dallas Keuchel – both have been top notch throughout the season. The Astros are overshadowed by the crowded AL West division, featuring the A’s, Rangers, Angels, and the Mariners who are playing very, very good baseball right now, even better than the Astros.
Luckily, Gio Gonzalez is coming back on Wednesday to face a hopefully easier opponent in Scott Feldman.
The Nats are slipping, and they have a sub .500 record against the AL West this year, 5-6. I believe in a tough match-up between Keuchel and Roark. My prediction is the ‘Stros prevail in game 1, but Gio will get a win in his return to the rotation on Wednesday, as I predict. So a split series going into the very important Braves series this weekend.
June 17- Dallas Keuchel (8-3, 2.38 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (5-4, 2.92 ERA)
June 18- Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.98 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-4, 4.62 ERA)