Game #33 Nats go for a series clincher after another dramatic win last night

Photo courtesy of Kelly Collis for TalkNats

It’s Cinco de Mayo today and the season will be 20% complete when the game turns to the 4th inning today. Of course all of that is dependent on Mother Nature who is pounding the Mid-Atlantic states with rain. As expected, Matt Adams joins the long list of Nationals players on the injured list. Taking Big City’s spot on the roster is Jake Noll, and that is the only personnel move for today as Michael A. Taylor avoids the IL for now after he injured his wrist last night.

If the game starts, Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound for the Nationals and Zach Eflin for the Phillies. Eflin pitched a complete game in his last start, and has been one of the bright spots in the Phillies starting rotation. If there is any good news for the Nationals today is that J.T. Realmuto gets the day-off.

The Nationals have not released their line-ups yet. If Michael Taylor is not able to play, the Nationals will only have a 3-man bench. For the official word on Matt Adams, the team put him on the 10-day Injured List with a left shoulder strain. The severity of the shoulder strain is unknown, but given that manager Dave Martinez said in his postgame comments last night that Adams could not lift his arm makes it sound serious. We will see.

You never know with injuries like we saw with Anthony Rendon was listed as day-to-day with a contusion and as of yesterday has not gone on a rehab assignment.  That is important to note since Rendon is eligible to come of the 10-day IL on Tuesday.  Right now the Nationals have over 16 points of WAR on the IL based on last year’s values. Just between Rendon, Trea Turner and Juan Soto is 13.7 WAR missing.

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Stadium: Citizens Bank Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1st Pitch: 2:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN; MLB App out-of-market
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app

Line-ups subject to change without notice:

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