Nationals starters set franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings

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Doug Fister tossed seven scoreless innings against the Braves this afternoon as part of a 7-0 victory. In addition to extending the team’s winning streak to six games, he helped Nationals’ starters set a new franchise record along the way.

As noted by Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Nationals starters haven’t given up a run in their last 41 1/3 innings. The streak started with Joe Ross against the Pirates last Friday and followed with Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Saturday and seven scoreless innings from Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. It has continued this week against the Braves, as Stephen Strasburg threw five shutout innings Tuesday and Jordan Zimmerman turned in eight scoreless last night before Fister kept it going today.

The previous franchise record was set by the 1981 Expos, who had 39 consecutive scoreless innings. This is the longest overall streak in MLB since the 2008 Indians, who had 44 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. Scherzer will start tomorrow night against the Phillies, so the Nationals have a pretty good chance to surpass that total.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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