The Washington Nationals were rained-out last night and scheduled to play a Manfredized duo of seven-inning games today if Mother Nature cooperates. Without a retractable roof on the stadium, the rain-outs are a reality on the East Coast.
Most players love the shortened games, but fans don’t. This is a scheduled split-DH with this first game scheduled at 2:05 pm. With more rain in the area, this could get dicey.
“The big thing as we always talk about in these [doubleheader] games is the games are shortened,” manager Dave Martinez said. “It’s important to go out and score first, and you shorten the game a lot when you do that. For us, the emphasis is on trying to put some runs on the board early.”
With choices to start the first game, Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell will go with RHP Freddy Peralta instead of LHP Brett Anderson. Also, the Brewers lineup for the first game has been posted with Christian Yelich batting third. For the Nats, we do not have their lineups yet and not sure if Jon Lester will start Game 1 or it could be Patrick Corbin.
Again, everything will depend on Mother Nature. The 13th run scored in one of today’s games will be the two millionth in baseball history, per EliasSports Currently at 1,999,987, it will be fun to see the odometer turn today. I would have happened yesterday if not for the slew of rainouts across baseball. Who will be Mr. 2 million?
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 2:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, Bally Sports Wisconsin, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-ups subject to change without notice: