Game #16 Nats play their neighbors again at FBOTPB; Fedde starts—not Gio

Erick Fedde with Derek Lilliquist looking on; Photo by Luis Albisu for TalkNats

Today was originally Gio Gonzalez‘s day to start since his previous start 6 days ago in a game that was saved by two spectacular plays by his leftfielder Andrew Stevenson who not only made a diving catch, but also gunned out Miguel Cabrera at the plate to save more damage. Gio gave up 6-hits over 3 innings and luckily Gio only gave up 2 runs. Instead today’s starter is now Erick Fedde who will have Tommy Milone relieving him. Five days ago it was A.J. Cole starting in tandem with Erick Fedde. That begs the question, where is A.J. Cole? What is going on? Did Gio start on the Minor’s side?

Also, Howie Kendrick is not back after being pulled after one at-bat in Thursday’s game when the Nationals manager downplayed any concerns saying it was not an injury rather what he described as “heavy legs”. Well, Wilmer Difo is starting today, so there is that.

And here we are with a lot of unanswered questions and still no Michael Taylor, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Eaton. In the pre-game presser Dave Martinez did give updates on Taylor and Daniel Murphy.

Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros
Stadium:  FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, Florida
1st Pitch: 1:05 pm EDT
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan with a switch to 1580 AM when Caps hockey begins h/t NatsFan1a

Line-ups subject to change without notice:

  1. Trea Turner SS
  2. Victor Robles CF
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Anthony Rendon 3B
  5. Matt Adams 1B
  6. Matt Wieters C
  7. Brian Goodwin LF
  8. Ryan Raburn DH
  9. Wilmer Difo 2B

Erick Fedde RHP

Photo by John Caulfield for TalkNats

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