The Washington Nationals have a series to win today against a team they should be dominating. This getaway game has Erick Fedde starting for the Nats on the same day that Stephen Strasburg had a tune-up rehab start for the Rochester Red Wings Triple-A team, and he threw a 4 1/3 inning shutout with six strikeouts on 75 pitches. Fedde has to show that he deserves to stay in the starting rotation as general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez have a decision to make.
For the Diamondbacks, they will go with righty Luke Weaver who the Nats faced in Nats Park earlier this season. Manager Davey Martinez’s lineup will also look different today with days off for Josh Bell, Josh Harrison, and Yan Gomes. The Nats will go with Ryan Zimmerman, Jordy Mercer and Alex Avila. Of course any of those players on the bench could get into the game.
After this game, the Nats will have a four-game series against the Cubs. The Nats will have their rotation continue in Chicago in the current ordering with:
Having the rotation in Chicago set, it will be either Fedde or Stephen Strasburg going on Friday in the start.
“We want him to go out there and focus on today,” Martinez said of Fedde. “Make our decision tough. … We have some decisions to make.”
Martinez said that they are also considering a six-man rotation, but generally those do not make sense in the long-term. Maybe the decision that Martinez discussed could be a choice between Ross and Fedde.
Washington Nationals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Stadium: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
1st Pitch: 4:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, Bally Sports Arizona, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-up subject to change (without notice):