Once again the Washington Nationals are traveling that 14-mile road trip to the north to Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium which is the Spring Training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals jointly. They are part of the four team configuration along with the Nats and Astros that call Palm Beach County home. It is convenient in this compacted Spring Training that MLB limited to only neighboring teams to curtail the travel, and the fifth team in the circuit is the Mets.
That configuration is an odd number of teams, and to get more games in, teams are playing what are called “B” games on back fields and away from prying eyes. Yesterday in a “B” game, the Nats played the Cardinals and Gerardo Parra, Jackson Rutledge, and Cade Cavalli were among the notables in that game.
Today, the Nationals will start Patrick Corbin in his second start of Grapefruit League action, and the Marlins counter with the RHP Sandy Alcantara, 25, who is one of their promising right-handers they are counting on in 2021. It is the same matchup from 5-days ago.
The Nats almost had what looked like an Opening Day lineup until Juan Soto was scratched with what is being called a sinus infection by his manager, Dave Martinez, who had a change of mind after penciling Soto in. He wants to give him another day of rest. Andrew Stevenson takes over in rightfield and Blake Swihart is in at designated hitter.
Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
Stadium: Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, Jupiter Florida
1st Pitch: 1:05 pm EDT
TV: No TV but fixed pressbox camera has video
Radio: Nats radio
Line-up subject to change (without notice):
- Victor Robles CF
- Andrew Stevenson RF
- Trea Turner SS
- Josh Bell 1B
- Kyle Schwarber LF
- Starlin Castro 2B
- Yan Gomes C
- Blake Swihart DH
- Carter Kieboom 3B
Patrick Corbin LHP