(All times Eastern, starters subject to change)
San Francisco Giants (Bumgarner 10-6, 2.25) vs. Washington Nationals (Roark 11-6, 3.02)
1:35pm ET on TBS
Ornery on his best day, Madison Bumgarner must be particularly unpleasant to be around right now as he’s coming off the seventh-worst start of his career, according to Game Score, and his worst since April of last year. On Tuesday, against the Phillies, MadBum lasted just 5+ innings, coughing up 8 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits – 2 homers – and 2 walks in a 13-8 loss, though he did draw a walk that day, raising his OBP to .258. The Giants are just 2-7 in his last 9 starts, despite his posting a 2.77 ERA, as the offense has scored 2 or fewer runs 5 times. Just six weeks ago, the Giants had an 8-game lead in the NL West, but at 62-46 on Friday that lead was down to just 2 games.
After spending 2015 in the purgatory of long relief/spot starter, Tanner Roark is enjoying a pretty good, bounce-back season, finding himself in the top 10 in WAR, Wins, IP, Home Runs per 9, and HBPs – coincidence? Roark most recently went 6 ⅓ against the D’backs, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits – 2 homers – and fanning 6 en route to an 11-6 victory. The Nats are in the driver’s seat in the NL East coming into the weekend with a 7 lead over the Marlins. Washington addressed their major weakness ahead of the trade deadline by picking up close Mark Melancon from the Pirates, who will hopefully take a load of Jonathan Papelbon, who last week in consecutive outings gave up a total of 7 runs while recording 2 outs.
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Here’s the action from the FOX Sports regional networks across the land:
Cleveland Indians (Carrasco 7-5, 3.12) at New York Yankees (Tanaka 7-4, 3.46) 1:05pm ET on SportsTime Ohio & YES
Minnesota Twins (Gibson 3-6, 4.94) at Tampa Bay Rays (Moore 7-7, 4.08)
1:10pm ET on FOX Sports North & Fox Sports Sun
New York Mets (deGrom 7-5, 2.41) at Detroit Tigers (Boyd 2-2, 4.71)
1:10pm ET on FOX Sports Detroit
Cincinnati Reds (Straily 6-6, 3.80) at Pittsburgh Pirates (Vogelsong 1-1, 3.74)
1:35pm ET on FOX Sports Cincinnati
Texas Rangers (Darvish 2-3, 3.29) at Houston Astros (McCullers 6-5, 3.22)
2:10pm ET on FOX Sports Southwest
Atlanta Braves (Foltynewicz 4-5, 4.60) at St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright 9-5, 4.14) 2:15pm ET on FOX Sports Midwest & FOX Sports South
Toronto Blue Jays (Dickey 8-12, 4.49) at Kansas City Royals (Ventura 6-9, 4.83) 2:15pm ET on FOX Sports Kansas City
Los Angeles Angels (Shoemaker 6-11, 4.08) at Seattle Mariners (LeBlanc 1-0, 4.31) 4:10pm ET on FOX Sports West
Miami Marlins (Koehler 8-8, 4.18) at Colorado Rockies (Gray 8-4, 3.77)
4:10pm ET on FOX Sports Florida
Milwaukee Brewers (Nelson 6-10, 3.74) at Arizona Diamondbacks (Bradley 4-7, 4.75) 4:10pm ET on FOX Sports Arizona & FOX Sports Wisconsin
Philadelphia Phillies (Eflin 3-4, 4.77) at San Diego Padres (Cosart 0-1, 5.09)
4:40pm ET on FOX Sports San Diego
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