NL East aces Teheran, Strasburg duel on .TV

July 8th, 2017

The baseball world's attention may be shifting to Miami in anticipation of the All-Star Game festivities, but several intriguing matchups play out today from coast to coast, live on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for in a full slate of games today (all times Eastern):
Dueling Julio: ATL@WAS, 4:05 p.m.
In likely All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer's shadow, Washington's has been quietly assembling an impressive season of his own. He's among baseball's leaders in strikeouts, opposing batting average and WHIP. But Strasburg isn't even the most compelling National in this afternoon tilt. That would be , the mere sight of whom ought to make Braves starter shake in his boots. Harper's batting .444 against the righty, racking up seven dingers and 17 RBIs in 36 at-bats.

McCarthy makes his return: KC@LAD, 7:15 p.m.
In the second of a three-game stint in Chavez Ravine, two of baseball's hottest teams go at it behind starters and . McCarthy returns from the disabled list for his first outing in nearly two weeks and will attempt to stave off the control issues that marred his last start. Meanwhile, journeyman Kennedy is hot off a one-run, seven-strikeout effort against the Mariners in which he avoided giving up a homer for the first time since April 16.

Castillo chases comeback: CIN@ARI, 10:10 p.m.
Twenty-four-year-old has been an invigorating presence in Cincinnati's rotation since making his debut in late June. He touts a fastball that averages 98 mph and an impressive composure on the mound, despite being handed the loss in his last start against the Rockies. He and the Reds' lineup will face . Despite being the same age as Castillo, Walker has four years of big league experience under his belt. He allowed one earned run on six hits in his last outing, but he was the victim of a blown save and took a no-decision.