Scherzer likes nights
Fans who got rained out of the Nationals’ scheduled series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night will get a consolation prize in the form of Washington ace Max Scherzer, who will start Game 2 of the two teams’ split doubleheader Sunday night.
Tickets from Friday’s rainout will be honored for Sunday’s 7:05 p.m. game. The first game on Sunday was originally scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m., but was moved up to 1:05 p.m. to account for the doubleheader. Right-hander A.J. Cole will pitch the afternoon game.
Baker said Scherzer will go in the nightcap instead of the afternoon game because the 33year-old starter told him that he would rather pitch at night. Scherzer was set to pitch Saturday’s game, but with the rainout, Baker decided to send Friday’s original starting pitcher, Edwin Jackson, to the mound Saturday. Scherzer then got his pick of the two Sunday games.
“We’ve got to kind of acquiesce to what your aces want to do,” Baker said. “Until the other guys are aces they have to acquiesce to their aces, and that is what went into it.”
It will be Scherzer’s second start since coming back from a neck injury. He went seven innings Monday against the Miami Marlins.
Stephen Strasburg, recovering from an elbow injury, plans to throw five innings or 75 pitches Monday for Class A Potomac.