What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

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The trade deadline had all of our attention this afternoon, but there are actual games to be played this evening. There are only a handful of games: eight in total, compared to the usual slate of 15.

The game to watch tonight is Nationals-Diamondbacks at Chase Field, starting at 9:40 PM EDT. Stephen Strasburg will toe the rubber for the Nats while Archie Bradley goes for the D-Backs.

Strasburg is in the midst of what may be a Cy Young Award-winning season. He’s 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA and a 155/36 K/BB ratio. His ERA is seventh-best in the National League, but his fiercest competition — Clayton Kershaw — is sidelined indefinitely with a back injury. Meanwhile, the other pitchers ahead of him, Johnny Cueto aside, don’t have nearly as impressive won-lost records. Madison Bumgarner is 10-6, Kyle Hendricks is 9-7, Noah Syndergaard is 9-5, and Jacob deGrom is 6-5. While wins and losses are terrible metrics with which to evaluate pitchers, they’re still used by many of those with voting privileges in the Baseball Writers Association of America. And that may be what ultimately nets Strasburg some hardware.

Bradley is not to be overlooked. While he’s sputtered to a 4.67 ERA in his first 22 major league starters, there’s a reason he was a highly touted prospect in the Diamondbacks’ system. He’s really picked things up as of late, putting up a 3.06 ERA over his last eight starts. His last time out, he held the Brewers to a lone run over seven innings. It could be an interesting one matching up against Strasburg.

The rest of Monday’s action…

Kansas City Royals (Danny Duffy) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios) @ Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ New York Mets (Logan Verrett), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Adam Conley) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 8:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 8:10 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Eduardo Rodriguez) @ Seattle Mariners (James Paxton), 10:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ San Diego Padres (Jarred Cosart), 10:10 PM EDT