Max Scherzer (0-1, 3.29 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (1-1, 6.92 ERA)
The Washington Nationals pounded the New York Mets for a 16-4 win on Monday night. The game was over after the Nationals put a 7 spot up on the Mets in the fifth inning. This was after the Nationals scored 4 runs in the third frame. The Nationals had a 13-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and cruised to a 16-4 win.
Asdrubal Cabrera went wild at the plate with 5 RBI on 4-for-4 hitting. Juan Suto and Trea Turner chipped in with 3 RBI apiece as well. Patrick Corbin didn’t have to do much with that kind of run support, but he was effective, too. Corbin gave up 5 hits and 1 earned run in six innings. The bad news for the Nationals was that Sean Doolittle couldn’t find his velocity once again.
He was on the bump for an inning and allowed a run. It’s certainly concerning for the Nationals. It doesn’t matter in a game like that, but if it were close, it might have been another blown game. Doolittle has an ERA of 15.00 and 3.00 WHIP in three innings. The Nationals can’t afford to trot him out in tight games right now. Doolittle may locate his velocity again before the end of the year, but it isn’t there currently.
The Nationals advanced to 5-7 on the season with the win last night. While they looked awfully impressive on Tuesday, we haven’t seen championship form out of the Nationals yet. The Nationals lost some talent in the offseason, most notably Anthony Rendon, but they should be better than a sub .500 club. Failing to make the postseason at a minimum would be a big disappointment a year after winning the World Series.
Max Scherzer will do his best to continue the momentum for the Nats. He hasn’t been lights out, but no major concerns for Scherzer like Madison Bumgarner over in Arizona. Bumgarner just doesn’t have it, and like Doolittle, his velocity is gone at the moment. The Mets are expected to counter with Rick Porcello, who responded in his last performance following a rocky couple of starts. Head below for our free Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets pick for August 11, 2020.
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Max Scherzer is coming off yet another productive season with an ERA below 3.00 for five straight seasons. Scherzer cut it close, but he was able to get it done with a 2.92 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 27 starts. In three starts this season, Scherzer has been solid with an ERA of 3.29 and 1.32 WHIP in 13.2 innings of work.
He has a career ERA of 3.20 and 1.09 WHIP throughout his 12-year career, so Scherzer has been right on pace in that regard. Batters are hitting .204 Scherzer so far in 2020. He left his most recent start with a tweaked hamstring against the Mets. Scherzer pitched an inning before leaving the game, though it was only as a precaution. He will not miss a start and reportedly feels 100% going into Tuesday.
Rick Porcello was rocked for 9 earned runs in his first two starts. He got his season started off with an ERA of 27.00 and 5.00 WHIP against the Braves. Porcello was able to bring it down in his next performance, but he was still off the mark and gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs in 5 innings. In his latest outing, Porcello looked much sharper with 5 hits and 1 earned run allowed against the Nationals on the road.
Can Porcello slow down the Nats’ bats in two straight starts? He can but I find it unlikely that Washington will be limited to only 1 earned run against him. Porcello probably won’t be able to get away with as much as he did in that game. After three performances, Porcello has a 6.92 ERA and 1.77 WHIP through 13 innings. Fool me once, but I think the Nationals frustrate Porcello in their second meeting in less than a week.