The boys are back in town as the lyrics read. The Nationals return home after a 9-1 road trip that was the most successful in Nationals history. Dusty Baker like the fictional Gordon Gekko wanted to go for it all. “Greed captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit” — Gekko said in the movie Wall Street. Why not be greedy and think about a 10-0 road trip? Dusty always wants the perfect road trip. Dusty came as close as you can come to 10-0.
“Every road trip I always think about having the perfect road trip,” Dusty Baker said. “Thinking about 10-0. I say that to myself all the time. I don’t know if we’ve ever had one, but that’s what you yearn for.”
Managers can generally be greedy, but not when it comes to resting your players. The Mets did not put Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list a week ago with a sore hamstring like the Nationals did with Trea Turner earlier in the month. Those non-moves usually come back to bite you, and sure enough Cespedes pulled his left hamstring when he wasn’t even running hard in their game yesterday. Cespedes was officially placed on the 10-day DL this afternoon.
Yoenis Céspedes has left today's game with a left hamstring pull. #Mets
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 27, 2017
The Nationals still have some key injuries with players themselves. Koda Glover and Sammy Solis are needed in the bullpen, and Stephen Drew is another veteran bench bat who the Nats are missing.
Tonight features Max Scherzer who is the starter for the Nationals and he was fortunate enough to be a spectator this week in Colorado and not have to pitch. Jacob deGrom won’t get that extra rest day as he moves up to pitch tonight to replace Matt Harvey who pitched last night to replace Noah Syndergaard who has bicep tendonitis.
Here are the Nationals offensive statistics against deGrom:
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, SNY, MLB.TV
Radio DC: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® Siri 209 XM 89(Internet 869)
Line-ups (subject to change without notice):
- Adam Eaton CF
- Trea Turner SS
- Bryce Harper RF
- Ryan Zimmerman 1B
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Jayson Werth LF
- Matt Wieters C
- Max Scherzer RHP