The weather has been the story for a while, and today Mother Nature will cooperate with chilly air but no rain or snow. If you count back 21 days into Spring Training and through yesterday, the Nats have played a total of only 12 games in that time span. Expect temperature’s for 1st pitch around 48°F to 52°F with some sunshine.
Today’s Sunday 1:35pm matchup after Saturday’s cancellation for inclement weather is scheduled with the same starters from Saturday. Joe Ross goes for the Washington Nationals, and Max Scherzer will now pitch on Monday.
This game has some historic implications with the Marlins as Bryce Harper will face his favorite pitcher Tom Koehler who Harper has owned in terms of long-balls per at-bat. Harper is 7-24 and 5 of those hits are HRs. Harper is 1 HR away from career HR 100 and the cold weather will not help the flight of the ball and winds could make things interesting as well.
When Bryce hits his next HR, he will join exclusive company to be among the youngest and fastest to the 100 HR mark joining Hall of Famers like Mel Ott who was the youngest as he hit HR 100 at the age of 22 years 132 days.
Today’s Lineup with no explanation yet as to why with all the day’s off Ryan Zimmerman is not starting although in a small sample size Clint Robinson has hit Koehler well but so has Matt den Dekker! Dusty Baker just said, “Because Zim’s been running a lot. It’s cold. I wanted Big Boy to get some at-bats.”
- Michael Taylor CF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Bryce Harper RF
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Wilson Ramos C
- Clint Robinson 1B
- Danny Espinosa SS
- Joe Ross RHP
Nationals position players numbers vs. Koehler.
Only limited data for the Marlins vs. Joe Ross.