Nationals Series Preview

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17: Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals pours water over his head during the game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park on June 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Probable Starters:

Tuesday 7:05 PM ET: David Price vs Chien-Ming Wang

Wednesday 7:05 ET: Chris Archer vs Stephen Strasburg

Thursday 7:05 ET: Matt Moore vs Gio Gonzalez



(non-regressed stats)


(non-regressed stats)

  • Jay Jaffe of SI takes a look at how the Rays are limping along without Evan Longoria
  • How Chris Archer has pitched by game in Durham this season. 41 strikeouts to 13 walks over his last five starts.
  • Archer's start tomorrow night will end a streak of 232 starts in which a pitcher the Rays drafted and developed has taken the mound. Matt Garza's last start on 9/30/10 was the last time a pitcher drafted by another organization took the mound for the Rays. Archer will be just the 14th starting pitcher used by the Rays over the last five seasons.
  • This series will feature three of the five highest average fastball velocities in baseball when Strasburg (95.9), Price (95.2), and Moore (94.5) take the mound.
  • The Nationals are hitting .227/.308/.382 over the last month with a sOPS+ of just 88 and have done even worse at .209/.301/.354 over the last two weeks.
  • The Nationals have been amazing pitching with runners in scoring position as opponents have a slash line of just .197/.296/.294 in 629 plate appearances this season. They have a sOPS+ of 62 which is 12 points better than any other team in the major leagues with runners in scoring position. Comparatively, the Rays are 18th with a 105 sOPS+ and a .252/.352/.397 slash line.
  • When the Nationals are hitting with runners in scoring position, they are one of the worst teams in the league at .222/.320/.350 with a sOPS+ of 83. Comparatively, the Rays are 18th with a 98 sOPS+ and a slash line of .250/.348/.376.

Latest News

In This Article

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.

Join DRaysBay

You must be a member of DRaysBay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at DRaysBay. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.