The Nats travel to Port St. Lucie to face their division NL East rival, the NY Mets, in the Nats finale in 2016 for the Grapefruit League. Max Scherzer will stay behind in Viera and pitch in a minor league game starting shortly. The reason for that is weather related as Dusty Baker wants Max to get his full work in just in case the rains cancel the game against the Mets.
The Nats have a Delta charter set to leave later today for Washington DC as the Nats have 2 home exhibition games against the Minnesota Twins formerly the 1960 Washington Senators that Calvin Griffith took to Minnesota for the 1961 season. After the weekend exhibition games the Nats will travel to Atlanta for the regular season Opening Day on Monday April 4th.
Line-ups for today are subject to change without notice:
- Ben Revere CF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Bryce Harper RF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Wilson Ramos C
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Max Scherzer RHP changed to Trevor Gott RHP
Some teams have started naming their final rosters. We still don’t know when Rizzo will make his final cuts, but we were told this morning by one of our sources that unless there is a last minute change, Joe Ross will stay behind in Viera on Opening Day for extended Spring Training.
The Nats are still sticking with Max Scherzer to start on Monday on regular rest and Stephen Strasburg will pitch on 4 days extra rest on April 7th for the Nats home opener. Strasburg’s start yesterday was shortened by the inclement weather but he got his work in by throwing in a bullpen setting to finish his day after his 3 innings on the mound versus the Cardinals.
Today’s game will be televised and on the radio via the MLB App. Matt Harvey is scheduled to start for the Mets today. 1st pitch set for 12:10pm.