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Nationals set rotation vs Dodgers after finale with Yankees postponed; Max Scherzer to face LA in D.C. on Friday...

Max Scherzer will face the Dodgers on Friday, Tanner Roark will go on Saturday, and Stephen Strasburg will face LA on Sunday in Washington, D.C.

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Max Scherzer was scheduled to start in the second of two with the New York Yankees in the nation’s capital on regular rest on Wednesday night after manager Davey Martinez decided to reshuffle the Washington Nationals’ rotation with two scheduled off days on Tuesday and Thursday.

Both the completion of Tuesday night’s suspended game and the finale of the two-game set were postponed due to inclement weather, however, so Scherzer will make his next start on Friday night against Los Angeles in the series opener with the Dodgers.

Scherzer, 33, is coming off a seven-inning start against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Chase Field in which he gave up a run on four hits, striking out 11 of the 25 batters he faced before Martinez lifted him at just 99 pitches overall, though the first-year manager said it did take a little convincing.

“It was a conversation,” Martinez joked, “... but he was good. We wanted to keep him right around 100 pitches. He’s had a big workload the last few starts, so that was good for him.”

Scherzer said there was more involved with the decision to stop where he did, including a preference on Brandon Kintzler’s part to start a clean inning, which ended up being a 1-2-3 frame.

“I could have gone back out there, but called down [to the bullpen] and we asked ‘Salt’ like, ‘Hey, do you want a clean inning or do you want me to go back out there and face [D-backs’ leadoff man Nick] Ahmed?’

“He said he wanted a clean inning,” Scherzer continued, “so it was an easy decision for me to make because I have confidence in him to be able to go out there and get the job done, so that’s the beauty of our bullpen.”

MASN’s Mark Zuckerman noted in reporting on the rotation machinations, it seems clear in hindsight that the Nationals and their ace, “... knew [Scherzer] would be returning to pitch Wednesday instead of Friday on extra rest, prompting manager Davey Martinez to remove him before he reached the 100-pitch mark,” in Arizona.

Scherzer is unbeaten in his last seven starts after the win against the Diamondbacks, with a 1.70 ERA, 10 walks, 74 Ks, and a .146/.209/.287 line against in 47 23 innings pitched over that stretch.

One of the seven starts was a six-inning outing against the Dodgers in LA in which he gave up a run on four hits in six innings, walking three, and striking out nine in a 5-2 win.

Scherzer will take the mound Friday night (7-1) in nine starts on the season, with a 1.69 ERA, 13 walks (1.99 BB/9), 91 Ks (13.69 K/9), and a .167/.227/.311 line against in 58 23 IP, leading all qualified National League pitchers in Ks (91), K/9 (13.96), wins, WHIP (0.82), opponents’ AVG, opponents’ OBP, and hits per 9 IP (5.37), and he’s ranked second in the NL in ERA (1.69).

After Scherzer starts against the Dodgers and Ross Stripling, Tanner Roark will follow in the second of three with LA in D.C. on Saturday (against Rich Hill), and Stephen Strasburg goes on Sunday in the finale (opposite Alex Wood).