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Washington National’s Max Scherzer (10-5, 1.94 ERA, 0.77 WHIP), NL’s top pitcher, will be facing Atlanta Braves’ 42-year old veteran, R.A Dickey (6-5, 4.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP), in their second match-up in a four-game series at Nationals Park.
Max Scherzer, Photo Credit: MLB
Scherzer currently leads all NL pitchers in WAR (4.6), ERA (1.94), ERA+ (225), WHIP (0.77), and strikeouts (163). He’s being touted as the starting pitcher for NL in the All-Star Game while he continues to build his case for a second straight Cy Young, and his third overall.
R.A. Dickey, Photo Credit: MLB
While Atlanta’s Dickey is now the league’s oldest active pitcher after the Braves released Bartolo Colon on July 4. He’s currently having an outstanding three-game stretch without giving up more than a single run because of his improved knuckleball.
Atlanta vs Scherzer, Photo Credit: MLB
Freddie Freeman, Photo Credit: MLB
Braves’ Freddie Freeman could potentially give Scherzer a challenge. The left-handed batter has gotten away with four walks and two hits with two runs and a homer against NL’s best. Freeman has posted a .250/.438/.583 line and a 1.021 OPS against Scherzer.
Washington vs Dickey, Photo Credit: MLB
From left to right: Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, and Bryce Harper, Photo Credit: Washington Post
On the other hand, Washington’s best trio have been a thorn on Dickey’s side. Ryan Zimmerman (.359/.386/.718, 1.104 OPS vs Dickey) has nine runs, 14 hits, and four homers in 39 at bats. Daniel Murphy (.667/.667/1.833, 2.500 OPS vs Dickey) has two runs, four hits, and two homers in 6 at bats. While Bryce Harper (.240/.269/.320, .589 OPS vs Dickey) has two runs, and six hits in 25 at bats.
Atlanta’s slated batters haven’t had a lot of success against Scherzer, no one has hit more than a single homer or reached at least 5 RBI. While Dickey will be facing seven of the Nationals’ best hitters, his patented knuckleball might not be enough to save the Braves from a slugfest.
Projected Winner: Washington Nationals.