Chavez set for first start against Nationals

Chavez set for first start against Nationals

The Nationals and Angels will open a two-game Interleague series Tuesday in Anaheim, as Washington continues a nine-game road trip to open the second half of the season.

The Nationals will turn to Edwin Jackson to fill in for Joe Ross, who will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday and miss the rest of the season. This will be Jackson's first start for Washington after signing with the team in June. He was 5-6 with a 5.89 ERA in 13 starts with San Diego in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Angels will start right-hander Jesse Chavez after an off-day Monday. The veteran will make his first start since the All-Star break. In his last start, Chavez surrendered three runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in a loss to Texas on July 8.

Things to know about this game

• Despite a rare matchup with the Nats, the Halos could face a pair of familiar foes in relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. Washington acquired the two Sunday in a trade with the A's in exchange for Blake Treinen and two prospects. Doolittle and Madson have appeared in a combined 46 career games against the Angels.

• Chavez has appeared in seven career games vs. the Nationals, but Tuesday will mark his first start against the club. He has a 0-0 record and a 3.52 ERA (three earned runs across 7 2/3 innings) against Washington.

• Injuries have limited Doolittle to 21 1/3 innings this season. But among left-handers with at least 300 pitches thrown, his 17.8-percent swinging-strike rate ranks second, just ahead of the Indians' Andrew Miller. Among southpaws with at least 75 opponent at-bats, Doolittle is first with a .154 expected batting average allowed, according to Statcast, based on the quality of contact made against him.

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.