For Austin Voth, this is his 3rd call-up of the season. He sat on the bench during his first two call-ups, and his family flew across the country and through the night from Redmond, Washington to see him in his first call-up only to see him sit on the bench before he was optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Hopefully the third time is the charm for the former fifth round draft pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Voth played his college baseball at the University of Washington for the Huskies from 2011 to 2013. He was promoted to the High-A Potomac Nationals in June 2014 from Hagerstown and then quickly to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in July 2014. Voth moved up the prospect rankings and was with 2015 with Harrisburg with a 2.92 ERA and moved into the Top-10 prospects for the Nats. Austin Voth was promoted to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs for the 2016 season and did well with a 3.15 ERA and was added to the Arizona Fall League roster where he struggled and that moved Voth down in prospect rankings. He continued to be inconsistent during the 2017 season, and finished with a combined 5.94 ERA. For this season, Voth found himself again and has pitched well in his age-26 season with a 3.55 ERA earning him the promotion.
For the Mets, they start the right-handed Zack Wheeler who has continued to struggle and is now at a 4.42 ERA.
“We’re trying to win a ballgame and [Bryce Harper] is a big part of that,” manager Dave Martinez said. “He plays hard. I’m a big fan of Bryce. He’s a good kid.”
Harper is not sitting out today and in fact is batting clean-up after he was widely criticized for not running out a few balls in play yesterday.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Stadium: CitiField, Queens, NY
1st Pitch: 4:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN; MLB.TV app out-of-network
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
- Adam Eaton RF
- Juan Soto LF
- Anthony Rendon 3B
- Bryce Harper CF
- Matt Adams 1B
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- Trea Turner SS
- Spencer Kieboom C
- Austin Voth RHP