So definitely a three-game streak against each other should make both teams think it would be a good time to make some gains. These clashes begin Friday evening in Washington.
THE Nationals go home with a three-fight losing streak after being swept in a series in Miami. They lost those three games by a total of four points
“We have to stay with the good things we have done and turn the page (Friday)”, Nationals said third baseman Jeimer Candelario. “At home, you have to dominate from first to ninth.
THE tigers had the day off Thursday for their second day off of the week. They went 2-3 on a five-game homestand that ended in Wednesday’s 8-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates
Detroit has been shut out in three of its last seven games. The offense continues to dive untimely, crushing the momentum that tends to build.
“We are not all where we need to be yet” tigers said manager AJ Hinch. “We have to do a lot of work, but the atmosphere is great.
Center fielder Matt Vierling had the tigers‘ only touched in Wednesday’s game. Detroit was so unremarkable offensively that only one hitter in its last game finished with a batting average over .250 for the season
This will be Irvin’s fourth major league appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. His only tough outing was his most recent, when he lost to the New York Mets, allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Still, Irvin’s contributions have been significant over the past two weeks.
“Jake did well,” manager Davey Martinez said. “I want to keep giving him an opportunity. … With some of our young guys, the innings are going to pile up.”
Until its separation from Pittsburgh, the tigers had won all four series this season against National League opponents
These results could bode well for the upcoming season, and they also put Detroit in a decent position a month and a half into the season.
“As we won a little more, I saw great spirit and personality in this team,” Hinch said.
Southpaw Matthew Boyd (2-3, 6.47 ERA) of tigers will try to get back on track. He had a tough stint last Friday, allowing six runs – five earned – in 1 1/3 innings to the Seattle Mariners.
Boyd has pitched 166 career major league games, but none of those have been against the Nationals. He only pitched for American League teams
Joey Meneses had one of the most productive bats on Washington’s roster during last weekend’s home series, but he’s been out for now as he’s been placed on the paternity list. It makes it uncertain when he could return to training. His nine-game hitting streak ended Tuesday before he missed the final two games.