Tuesday: RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (3-0, 3.64 ERA)
Wednesday: LHP Robbie Ray (2-1, 3.56 ERA) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-0, 1.62 ERA)
Thursday: TBD vs. RHP Max Scherzer (3-2, 2.94 ERA)
Tuesday and Wednesday’s games start at 4:05 p.m., Arizona time. The finale starts at 10:05 a.m.
Fans can watch all three games on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on ESPN Phoenix 620 AM or in Spanish on KHOV 105.1 FM.
Walker is coming off arguably his best start as a Diamondback. The right-hander struck out 11 in eight innings and surrendered two earned runs last week against the San Diego Padres. The former Seattle Mariner will make his first career start against the Nationals.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy has a double in three at-bats off Walker with a RBI. Catcher Matt Wieters saw Walker during his time with the Baltimore Orioles and has four hits in six at-bats with one home run and 2 RBI.
Roark picked up the win in his last start against the Rockies on April 26. The right-hander allowed two earned runs in five innings. Roark compiled a 3.86 ERA in his past two starts and walked seven batters. In seven career games (four starts) against Arizona, Roark is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA.
In seven career games (four starts) against Arizona, Roark is 1-1 with a 2.51 ERA. Chris Owings is a .429 career hitter in seven at-bats against Roark and Yasmany Tomas has hit two home runs.
Ray has been a different pitcher on the road this season compiling a 0.71 ERA away from Chase Field in two starts compared with a 5.60 ERA in three home starts. The left-hander has not fared well against the Nationals. In two career starts, he is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA.
Gonzalez has gone at least six innings in all five of his starts. The left-hander’s ERA is the eighth-lowest in baseball. Ervin Santana of the Twins owns the lowest (0.77) and Mike Leake owns the N.L.’s lowest mark (1.35).
In six career starts against the Diamondbacks, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA. Gonzalez owns a career 34-20 record and a 3.20 ERA at Nationals Park. Paul Goldschmidt has hit .667 in 12 career at-bats against the lefty.
Lovullo has not announced his starter for Thursday’s series finale. After Sundays’ walk-off win over the Colorado Rockies, Lovullo told venom Strikes his starter is likely not on the current 25-man roster. That could suggested the starter will come from the Diamondbacks; minor league system.
Scherzer was drafted No. 11 overall by the Diamondbacks in 2008, but Arizona traded him to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade with the New York Yankees in 2009 involving Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy. The organization probably has likely regretted the decision. Scherzer won last season’s N.L. CY Young award.
The Nationals’ right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.65 ERA in five career starts against his former team.