With the recent record of Edwin Jackson, it is almost a certainty that he won’t be part of the Nationals post-season roster which makes his appearance tonight and next week a chance to show other general managers that he is worth signing in the off-season when he becomes a free agent. Jackson has been with 12 MLB teams and the next one could tie him with Octavio Dotel’s all-time record of 13 different teams.
The Nationals got tucked into their beds in New York last night around 3:30 AM, and Dusty Baker has promised to play the youngsters tonight. In the outfield that is easy, but in the infield Dusty Baker is only carrying Wilmer Difo and Adrian Sanchez which means either Trea Turner will have to play or Anthony Rendon. Expect an outfield of Victor Robles, Andrew Stevenson, and Rafael Bautista. Behind the plate will be a mystery guess between Pedro Severino, Raudy Read, and Jose Lobaton.
There are now 10 games remaining on the Nationals regular season schedule and tonight the Nats begin the first of a three game series against the New York Mets to finish their season series. The Nats have won the last 6 of their 7 games against the Mets in New York.
The scuffling Edwin Jackson has a good history against the Mets in 12 career games (7 starts), and he holds a 3.77 ERA which is his second best record versus any National League team. At CitiField in particular, EJax’s career ERA is 3.00. 17 runs in his previous 3 games which was sadly only 11 1/3 innings total for an ERA of 12.71. Which Edwin Jackson will show up tonight and can he go deep in the game? Jackson last pitched exactly one week ago and only threw 55 pitches so his arm should be fresh.
The Mets pitch Robert Gsellman tonight who is filling in for Jacob deGrom who got pushed back to Sunday. Several Mets players caught the stomach bug and it was so serious they were told to stay away from the other players.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
1st Pitch: 7:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN, SNY, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® (Internet 869)
Line-ups subject to change (without notice):
Starting our final series against the Mets tonight.
Here's how we're lining up. pic.twitter.com/HEwrHs6IZe
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 22, 2017