Game #88 moves the #Nats to the All-Star Break

After today’s game, the Nationals will have only 74 regular season games remaining. That is 16 games until the sprint to the finish and the July 31st trade deadline. Not only will Mike Rizzo be acquiring at least one impact bullpen arm, he will also have to make some decisions about the August roster heading into September 1st roster expansion.

Photo by Sol Tucker for Talk Nats

The Nationals All-Star players will all head onto a private jet after the game with their families and head to Miami. This year the Nationals need a another large jet as Ryan Zimmerman will be joining the All-Star regulars of Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Last year the Nationals had 5 players make the All-Star team also as Wilson Ramos was part of last year’s roster.

Time is ticking away for any last minute chance for Gio Gonzalez and Anthony Rendon being added to the All-Star roster. Both players are deserving, but there are snubs every year.

Today is Joe Ross pitching for the Nationals against rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb for the Braves. Newcomb has struggled lately and has been hit well by right-handed batters.

Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park,1500 S Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003
1st Pitch:  1:35 pm EDT
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® XM 186 Sirius 134  (Internet 869)

Line-ups (subject to change without notice):

  1. Brian Goodwin CF
  2. Wilmer Difo SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy 2B
  6. Anthony Rendon 3B
  7. Matt Wieters C
  8. Chris Heisey LF
  9. Joe Ross RHP
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