In Friday night MLB action, the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will begin a series from Nationals Park. The Giants won five games on their most recent six-game homestand and are at the .500 mark overall. San Francisco ranks 21st in team ERA and is 1.5 games behind Arizona for the NL West Division lead.
Twenty-five year old southpaw Andrew Suarez (2-4 4.74 ERA) will get the nod for the Giants in the series opener. Last time out, Suarez tossed seven scoreless frames and struck out five batters during a 2-0 victory versus Philadelphia.
The Washington Nationals are the most talented team in the NL East Division and are starting to play to their immense potential. On Wednesday, Anthony Rendon collected four hits during an 11-2 rout over visiting Tampa Bay. The Nationals are ten games above .500 overall and are in a virtual tie with Atlanta for first place.
The Nationals will counter with dominant right-hander Stephen Strasburg (6-5 3.20 ERA) in this contest. Through 78 plus innings this season, Strasburg has racked up 93 strikeouts and owns a 1.06 WHIP.