Game #21 – Dusty Tweaks his Lineup: Game Thread

So is Dusty reacting to limited offense? Or is this just his normal tinkering for a late afternoon game after a night game?

Dusty Baker only made a few personnel changes and shifted players in his line-up. Danny Espinosa gets the coveted 2 spot in his start today as Anthony Rendon gets an ‘observation’ day on the bench next to Michael Taylor, and Jose Lobaton who has had some defensive scuffles needed a day off as he hasn’t played 3 consecutive games since August 7, 2014.

Speaking of famous dates in Nats history, 4 years ago today on April 28, 2012 was BHDD. That’s right, Bryce Harper Debut Day. Bryce shared this #TBT with us:

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Tanner Roark takes the mound today as many here will be watching to see if he can repeat his great start from 5 days ago or if he will have any residual effect form a career high pitch count of 121 in one game. Roark’s previous career high was 112 pitches.

Aaron Nola of the Phillies will take the mound  in this 4:05pm start time, and the Phillies will return to that lefty dominant line-up for this Philadelphia team that enters with an 11-10 record.  Some of you might recall that Nola was chosen with the 7th pick overall 2 years ago in the 1st round out of LSU and was teammates with the P-Nats Andrew Stevenson. They shared many great memories together including this game: Andrew Stevenson Web Gem

Nola took the loss just 12 days ago giving up 7 runs as the Nats as Bryce Harper connected off of him for a 2-run HR.

Here is the lineup (subject to change):

  1. Matt den Dekker CF
  2. Danny Espinosa SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy 2B
  6. Jayson Werth LF
  7. Stephen Drew 3B
  8. Pedro Severino C
  9. Tanner Roark P

Tanner Roark vs. the Phillies Position Players

Aaron Nola vs. the Nationals Position Players

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