The Pittsburgh Pirates (51-72) take on the Washington Nationals (67-56) for four games this week at PNC Park, with game two taking place tonight at 7:05 PM. The Pirates will send out Chris Archer for his 23rd start. He gave up three runs over five innings in his last start, which followed two runs over six innings on August 9th against St Louis. Archer piled 19 strikeouts over those 11 innings. One of his best starts this season came against Washington back in mid-April when he allowed one run over seven innings. The Nationals will counter with veteran right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who has a 3.82 ERA in 158 innings, with 185 strikeouts and a 1.09 WHIP. He has had a rough August, posting an 8.31 ERA over 17.1 innings in his three starts combined. Strasburg did not face the Pirates when the two teams met back in April.
Here are the lineups:
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 20, 2019
Adam Eaton leads all NL position players in fWAR since August 7.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 20, 2019
UPDATE: Chris Archer left early after a visit from the trainer during his warmup pitches for the second inning. We will post an update when/if the Pirates announce anything.
Archer is leaving the game.
Clay Holmes on his way in from the bullpen.
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) August 20, 2019
UPDATE #2: Pirates announce that Archer left with right shoulder discomfort