Dodgers @ Nationals September 17, 2017: Ryu vs. Strasburg on Sunday Night Baseball

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The Dodgers (96-52) are going for their fifth consecutive win today, as well as a sweep of Nationals (89-59). It’ll be no small task, though, as Stephen Strasburg (2.64 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 2.83 DRA) is on the mound for Washington. Strasburg hasn’t allowed a run in his past four starts, and his scoreless streak is currently at 34 innings.

Dodgers
Nationals
5:08 PM PT
Washington D.C.
CF
Taylor
SS
Turner
SS
Seager
RF
Werth
3B
Turner
3B
Rendon
1B
Bellinger
2B
Murphy
RF
Puig
1B
Zimmerman
LF
Granderson
LF
Kendrick
C
Grandal CF Taylor
2B
Forsythe
C
Wieters
P
Ryu (L)
P
Strasburg (R)

While the Dodgers are missing Max Scherzer this series, they’re not so lucky as to avoid the Nats’ co-ace (although getting a look at him ahead of the playoffs may be a good thing). Strasburg is having what looks like it may be, by a number of measures, a career year, posting his lowest marks for ERA, FIP and WHIP of any qualified season thus far. He’s doing well compared to the rest of the league, too, particularly in the area of home-run suppression. His HR/9 of 0.75 is the lowest of qualified National League starters.

Strasburg faced the Dodgers earlier this season in Los Angeles, in a pitchers’ duel with Clayton Kershaw. Although the Nats lost that one, Strasburg pitched well, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings, striking out eight and walking just one.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (3.59 ERA, 4.58 FIP, 4.68 DRA) is starting for the Dodgers, after not having pitched since September 5 (12 days ago). Although L.A. lost that game, Ryu was very good, allowing just one run in six innings and striking out seven (albeit while walking five). This will be Ryu’s second time facing the Nats, both this season and in his career. He last saw them when they were at Dodger Stadium in June, and he allowed four runs in seven innings.

The Diamondbacks have just lost to the Giants, so the Dodgers’ magic number is down to 4.

A reminder that tonight’s game is an ESPN-exclusive broadcast.

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We’ll be seeing Austin Barnes in tomorrow’s lineup:

This will be the fifth time Barnes has caught Kershaw, in 24 games started.

We should not, however, expect to see much of Adrián González for the remainder of the season:

I think we can all live with that.

About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She now writes for The Hardball Times, FanGraphs and Sporting News, and co-hosts a podcast, The Hardball Times Audio. She recently earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.