The Washington Nationals are back on the west coast in SoCal for a 3-game against the San Diego Padres. After an uplifting walk-off win yesterday, the Nationals put themselves in a good position in the NL East to build-on their record. Tonight the Nats send Stephen Strasburg to the mound for the start. It is no secret that Stras is from San Diego and loves pitching in Petco Park. This will be Stephen’s fourth pro start in Petco, and he has a lifetime ERA of 2.84 in this stadium.
Strasburg will be facing righty Tyson Ross who is Nats pitcher Joe Ross‘ older brother. Tyson Ross had surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome in October of 2016 costing him all but 10 starts in 2017. Ross has bounced-back well in 2018 but has had his struggles against left-handed batters. His huge platoon splits this season where righties are batting .145 against him while lefties are hitting him at .297.
The Nationals face a lefty tomorrow in Clayton Richard which could also influence tonight’s line-up. Tomorrow could certainly be the day for Bryce Harper to rest while today could be the day to load the line-up with lefty batters.
Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
Stadium: Petco Park, San Diego, California
1st Pitch: 10:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN; MLB App out-of-market; MLB Network (out-of-market only)
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
- Bryce Harper RF
- Trea Turner SS
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Matt Adams 1B
- Howie Kendrick LF
- Matt Wieters C
- Michael Taylor CF
- Stephen Strasburg RHP
- Wilmer Difo 2B