Friday, April 17, 2015

Scherzer seeking initial Nats 'W' in start vs. Phils

The Nationals and Phillies will meet for the fifth time in this young season on Friday in the second game of a four-game weekend series between the National League East rivals.
Max Scherzer starts for the Nationals, taking a 0.66 ERA -- and a losing record (0-1) -- into the outing after two starts this season. Phillies starter Sean O'Sullivan is looking for his first Major League win in four years.
Things to know about this game
• Scherzer has given up just one earned run in 13 2/3 innings this season. He's also struck out 16, but the Nationals have scored a total of four runs in Scherzer's two starts. 
• It will be interesting to see where Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg puts first baseman Ryan Howard in the lineup. The struggling slugger was dropped down to seventh in Thursday's contest, a move that raised a few eyebrows, as the skipper is trying to get Howard started.
• Jayson Werth got his first extra-base hit of the season, a double, in Thursday's game. Werth missed the first six games of the season while rehabbing from offseason right shoulder surgery.

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