Game #136 Joe Ross has a labor of love

Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

Baseball is a labor of love for Joe Ross. In his first season after returning from Tommy John surgery, Ross has persevered to regain his spot in the Washington Nationals rotation. When everything started to come together for Ross, he took a 110 mph comebacker off of his shin two weeks ago. Even though there was no broken bone, Ross was in pain, and it affected him in his last start. Manager Dave Martinez pushed Ross back two more games from Saturday to today, and on this Labor Day, Ross will face the rival Mets. 

The Nationals and the Mets are currently on different paths. After the Mets loss last night, they enter today at just two games over .500, and their elimination number is currently at 12. In reality, the Mets would need to go 21-5 just to reach 90 wins. The Mets have just 26 games remaining on their schedule. They send Noah Syndergaard to the mound today.

For the Nats, Martinez can go by the numbers today with players like Asdrubal Cabrera who has hit Syndergaard well. Beyond Cabrera, there is Victor Robles who has 3 home runs off of the Mets starter in just 10 at-bats, and there are other Nats who have put together good games against Syndergaard.

New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Stadium:   Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch:  1:05 pm EDT
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

Trea Turner – SS
Adam Eaton – RF
Anthony Rendon – 3B
Juan Soto – LF
Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
Matt Adams – 1B
Victor Robles – CF
Yan Gomes – C
Joe Ross – RHP

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