Pitching Matchup: RHP Erick Fedde (1–2, 5.51) | LHP Steven Matz (4–0, 2.31)
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 7:07 p.m. | Game #21 / Road #11
Location: TD Ballpark | Dunedin, Fla.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Sirius XM Radio: 898
Game Time Weather via National Weather Service:
Mostly clear, with a low around 70. West northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.
Today in Nationals History
2015 – Dan Uggla’s towering three-run home run oﬀ Atlanta closer Jason Grilli capped Washington’s 13-12come-from-behind win at Turner Field. Trailing 9-1 and 10-2 at diﬀerent points in the game the Nationalsmounted the largest comeback win in Nationals history at that point.
Washington Nationals Game Story Line: The Washington Nationals look to finish strong in the final game of the roadtrip vs. Blue Jays.
The Washington Nationals fell to the Toronto Blue Jays, 9–5, in the first game of this two-game series on Tuesday night, despite a season-high four home runs recorded by Nationals hitters. After the game, the Nationals will travel back to Washington D.C. where they will enjoy an off day before opening a six-game homestand on Friday night against the Miami Marlins.Pitching Matchup
In-game two, the Washington Nationals will send Erick Fedde to the mound. Fedde remains in the starting rotation as both Stephen Strasburg and Jon Lester remain on the IL. Fedde, who has posted a 3.07 ERA with 17 strikeouts in his past three games, will be making his second career start against Toronto. Against the Blue Jays last year, Fedde only went 3 1/3 innings and gave up a run in the first on a bloop, RBI single, then surrendered a one-out home run in the fourth. In that game, Fedde gave up a total of six hits, two earned runs and issued two walks on 57 pitches.
The Toronto Blue Jays will counter with Steven Matz to face the familiar Washington Nationals. This past offseason, Matz was traded from the Mets to the Blue Jays and has emerged as a reliable #2 in their pitching rotation. Matz became MLB’s first starter to four wins in 2021 with a victory against Tampa Bay on April 23rd and has yet to lose this season. He has a 2.31 ERA with a total of 25 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.
Matz loves to throw his sinker and has utilized it more than 50% of the time until this season. So far in 2021, 48% of his pitches have been sinkers and they have been extremely effective against opposing hitters. Opponents are only hitting .128 against his sinker and only two of those have been extra-base hits. Most of his strikeouts have also come off his sinker.
Hernández Goes Yard for His First Home Run of the Season
Yadiel Hernández recorded his first home run of the season on Tuesday night, a solo shot to left center field and has recorded three consecutive multi-hit games, dating to April 24. Across the three games Hernández is hitting .545 (6-for-11) with one home run, three RBI, two walks and three runs scored.Hernández has a .333/.400/.524 slash with one double, one home run, three RBI, two walks and three runs scored in 11 games this season.
On Tuesday night, Trea Turner recorded his 13th career leadoff home run and tacked on a second home run in the third inning of the game. Accordingto Elias Sports Bureau, Turner is the first Nationals player to homer in each of his first two plate appearances of a game since Anthony Rendon on July 12, 2018 at New York (N.L.). Additionally, it was his second multi-home run game of the season (Last: 4/18 vs. ARI) and the seventh of his career. The 13 career leadoff home runs are the most in Washington history (2005-pres). Across the last 12 games, Turner is 15-for-46 (.326) with two doubles, four home runs, six RBI, two hit by pitch, two walks, four stolen bases and five runs scored…He has recorded two or more hits in six of the 12 games. Turner ranks in the National League in stolen bases (T2nd, 5) and multi-hit games (5th, 8)
Game Lineups (Subject to Change without Notice)
Trea Turner – SS
Josh Harrison – 2B
Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
Starlin Castro – 3B
Kyle Schwarber (L) – LF
Josh Bell (S) – DH
Yan Gomes – C
Hernan Perez – RF
Victor Robles – CF