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Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto recorded no hits on Friday, going hitless in three at-bats and struck out once. Soto has a .279 batting average with eight home runs and 27 RBI in 2021. Despite having a rough game Friday, fantasy managers who have him rostered should not worry as he has a hit in seven of his last ten games.
Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell produced his 10th double of the season as his team lost to the Giants 1-0 on Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Bell has a six-game hitting streak in the last six games he has started. The 28-year-old sports a .217 batting average with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 166 at-bats. Bell is showing signs of life and should continue to improve as the season goes on.
Washington Nationals outfielder Kyle Schwarber had no hits in two at-bats while also drawing a walk on Friday in a 1-0 loss to the Giants. Schwarber did pretty well offensively in May, but he is struggling in June, batting .148. Fantasy managers who have Schwarber rostered should not be alarmed. He should be more productive as the season progresses.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (leg) exited Friday's start in the middle of an at-bat against the second batter of the game with an apparent leg injury, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. Scherzer was seen hopping off the mound after throwing a pitch inside to make it a full count against Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, and was also seen wincing while trying to stretch out his leg on the mound. He threw one warmup pitch with the trainer on the mound before exiting the game. There's no word yet on the injury or severity, as managers should keep a close eye out for further updates through tonight.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer will have his start moved over to Friday versus the San Francisco Giants. He was scheduled to start on Thursday, but that won't happen with the game being postponed. Erick Fedde should take the mound for one of the games during Saturday's doubleheader. The second starter has not been announced yet. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable with Scherzer as a reliable DFS option for Friday's slate. The trade rumors continue to heat up, so we'll see if the Nats actually decide to trade Scherzer before the deadline.