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The Washington Nationals have struggled since last in the NL East with a record of 58-82. They have not officially announced who will be on the mound here, but according to Fangraphs, the rookie Josiah Gray will be on the mound here and coming from an undefeated streak against the New York Mets, where he went three innings and allowed six runs on seven hits with a walk and a couple of strikeouts.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled as their 50-90 record last sits in NL Central and has already been eliminated from playoff battle. They send rookie Wil Crowe to the mound, and he comes from an undefeated game against the Chicago Cubs, where he went three innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits with two innings and one strikeout.
Be strong in Washington
The Washington Nationals have been one of the better-hitting teams in the MLB, as they are eighth in the majors with a .752 OPS. They do not have many homer hitters left, as their 160 homers in total are a draw with the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers for 20th in the MLB. Looking at their nine fights in September so far, the Nats have a .802 OPS with 5.11 runs per game. Game. Right-hander Juan Soto has dominated this season as he has a .969 OPS with 25 homers and 82 RBI with 116 turns for 82 strikeouts. If Washington can figure out to hit for more power, they could be a scary team.
Josiah Gray is considered the second-ranked prospect in the Nationals organization and is doing decently well so far this year, according to his Baseball Savant page. He is in the 97th percentile in chase rate, 82nd percentile in whiff percentage, 79th percentile in average exit rate and 71st percentile in hard hit percentage. He throws four different courses (fastball, curveball, slider, changeup) and his curveball has been the best pitch as it has a .208 stroke average with 27 strikeouts. It will be his first career start against Pittsburgh, so it will be interesting how he does against this lineup.
Need some hits
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the worst offensive team in the majors this season as they last have a .668 OPS. They also struggle to score races at a consistent level as they score 3.62 races per game. Match. If you look at the last 15 days (13 matches) they have a slash of .34 / .315 / .349 with 3.62 races per. Fight in that stretch. Center fielder Bryan Reynolds has hit well this season as he has a .892 OPS with 22 home runs and 81 RBI with five stolen bases on seven attempts. If the pirates can figure out how to act offensively, they can keep improving.
Wil Crowe is considered to be the 23rd-ranked prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system as he fights this season according to his Baseball Savant side. He is in 10th percentile in xERA, 10th percentile in xwOBA, 15th percentile in xSLG and 16th percentile in barrel percentage. He has a career of 11.0 acres, so he needs to find his seats better. Crowe has a five-pitch arsenal (fastball, slider, changeup, curveball, sinker), and his fastball has been hit the most as it has a .327 stroke average with nine home runs. This will be the first time he faces the National in his career, so it will be interesting to see how he does this.
- Pittsburgh: 38-79 in their last 117 games
- Pittsburgh: 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record
- Washington: 9-4 in their last 13 road games with the total amount of 6.5 or lower