Strasburg, Harper lead Nationals over Diamondbacks
It was only a matter of time before the Washington Nationals started to figure things out this MLB season.
Though hovering around third and fourth in the National League (NL) East most of the season thus far, Washington proved their elite potential on Saturday with a 2-1 win over the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
Stephen Strasburg started for the Nationals, allowing just one run in 6.2 innings while striking out nine batters. Strasburg, an ace on almost any other team, has pitched under the shadow of Max Scherzer in recent seasons. He improved to 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA with the strong outing.
Bryce Harper led the Nationals at the plate, collecting two hits with an RBI and a walk. The star outfielder now has 29 RBIs this season, but is still hitting a disappointing .237.
The Diamondbacks (24-15) won every series they played in April, but have now lost four straight games. Injuries to their rotation have finally caught up, while annual MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt is hitting an alarming .216.
Arizona do not have to hit the panic button yet, but they have some holes that need filling in order to seriously make a deep postseason run.
Merry Strasmas to all and to all a good night. pic.twitter.com/g4B5HbgqZw-- Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 13, 2018
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is rarely mentioned as one of the best hitters in baseball, but he proved he should be in a 6-2 win over the Royals. Lindor went four for four with four runs scored, two home runs and two RBIs, while raising his average to .311 this season.
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras went three for five with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Cubs to an 8-4 win over the White Sox. Contreras now has three home runs and 11 RBIs in his last three games.
Rays ace Chris Archer was one of the hottest trade commodities this offseason, as contenders tried to pluck the flamethrower from Tampa. The Rays held on, and likely wish they had not as Archer surrendered six runs off seven hits in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles to fall to 2-3 this season with a 5.64 ERA.
FREEMAN ON FIRE
In case you have not heard, Freddie Freeman is on fire right now.
Buy one, get one Freeman. pic.twitter.com/n7fzMdTCsB-- MLB (@MLB) May 13, 2018
New York Yankees 7-6 Oakland Athletics
Chicago Cubs 8-4 Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays 10-3 Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals 2-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Boston Red Sox 5-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians 6-2 Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners 9-5 Detroit Tigers
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 6-1 Texas Rangers
Atlanta Braves 10-5 Miami Marlins
Colorado Rockies 4-0 Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds 5-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Minnesota Twins 5-3 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 2-1 St Louis Cardinals
METS AT PHILLIES
Jacob deGrom returns from the disabled list (elbow) to face off against Aaron Nola and the Phillies. Both teams are contending in the strong NL East, with Philadelphia dominating at home. Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera has been on fire lately, reaching base in 40 straight games, while leading MLB in average this season. DeGrom will have his hands full against the Phillies' young, potent lineup.