What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday evening’s action

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Craig filled you in on Wednesday afternoon’s games, but we still have nine more games to go in the evening.

You’d think with all of the words written about the Tigers and Nationals for the first two games of their three-game set that there wouldn’t be anything left to say. The Nationals signed starter Stephen Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million extension. Bryce Harper dropped the f-bomb at an umpire after he was ejected and his team promptly walked off on a home run. Dusty Baker said he might have to spank Harper sometimes. Anthony Gose got away with this slide.

On Wednesday night, Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann will oppose Max Scherzer of the Nationals in a series finale. It’s Zimmermann’s first start against his former club, the club that picked him in the second round of the 2007 draft. The club with which he spent parts of seven seasons in the majors, accruing a 3.32 ERA, two All-Star nominations, and Cy Young votes in two seasons.

Zimmermann became a free agent after the 2015 season and opted to sign a five-year, $110 million contract with the Tigers. It’s worked out well for both sides thus far. Zimmermann, in six starts, is 5-1 with an MLB-best 1.10 ERA and a 25/8 K/BB ratio in 41 innings.

Daniel Murphy (62 PA), Ben Revere (12), Stephen Drew (six), and Jayson Werth (five) are the only current Nationals position players who have faced Zimmermann.

By the way, the hot-hitting Nick Castellanos — .378/.405/.640, seven homers, 28 RBI — is not in the Tigers’ starting lineup. Miguel Cabrera is moving to third base for this game, making his first start at the hot corner since 2014. Victor Martinez is at first base.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ New York Yankees (Michael Pineda), 7:05 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ Miami Marlins (Wei-Yin Chen), 7:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Eric Surkamp) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Atlanta Braves (Williams Perez), 7:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Juan Nicasio) @ Cincinnati Reds (Alfredo Simon), 7:10 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Jaime Garcia) @ Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker), 10:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda), 10:10 PM EDT