Ryan Zimmerman was a late scratch with a stiff side after he was initially penciled in as part of the Washington Nationals’ lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Davey Martinez told reporters after the Nats’ 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies that he had checked in with Zimmerman during the game to see if he was available, and would make a decision on if he’d play today when they saw how he felt this morning.
“He was still stiff. I talked to him around the seventh inning, so I didn’t want to use him. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Martinez said.
Martinez’s squad managed just one hit off Philly starter Vince Velasquez and one off of the Phillies’ bullpen, and they failed to make anything of the eight walks they were issued.
“[Velasquez] was tough,” Martinez said.
“He pitched really well. He elevated his fastball, threw breaking balls, kept us off-balance, but he was really good.”
In today’s series finale, the Nationals are set to take on Jake Arrieta, who’s matched up against Max Scherzer in a battle of former Cy Young award winners.
Arrieta gave up eight hits, two walks, and six earned runs in just 3 2⁄3 innings last time out in an 8-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.
That outing left the 32-year-old right-hander (3-1) in five starts with a 3.49 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 10 walks (3.18 BB/9), 20 Ks (6.35 K/9), and a .215/.284/.320 line against in 28 1⁄3 IP in 2018.
Scherzer, 33, is (6-1) in seven starts this season with a 1.79 ERA, 2.02 FIP, 11 walks (2.18 BB/9), 65 Ks (12.90 K/9), and a .162/.224/.298 line against in 45 1⁄3 IP after giving up three hits, two walks, and two earned runs in 6 1⁄3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week in Nationals Park.
Should be a fun matchup on the mound. Zimmerman’s out of the lineup for the second straight day.