The Pirates are in town for two games, and this should be an interesting series in regard to strikeouts. As an offense, the Nationals have struck out 327 times, third-most in the majors. The only teams with more are the Padres and … the Pirates, who both have 328.
So there will be a lot of Ks over the next two days, right? Maybe, maybe not. Nationals pitchers have struck out 257 batters, sixth-fewest in the majors. The only National League pitching staff with fewer strikeouts? Naturally, the Pirates, who have struck out 254 batters this season.
So what happens when pitchers who don’t strike out many hitters meet batters who swing and miss a lot? We’ll see. Tonight, John Lannan will face Paul Maholm, a matchup of two left-handers. Talk about the game right here.