Game #76 with one game Nats against the Mets

Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Here we are again with another Washington Nationals game against the Mets. This is actually a make-up game from the Covid postponements from the first series of the season. Both teams are also depleted by injuries in their starting rotations and using spot starters in this game.

The Nats will have Paolo Espino as their starter. He has been a Swiss army knife for this team working as a starter, long-man, reliever, and closer. He has earned a win as a starter and a save as a closer. Now Espino has a chance to add to Nats’ lore if he does something else great.

For the Mets, they have ex-Phillies righty Jerad Eickhoff who they pulled off the scrap heap in desperation to fill-in with all of their injuries. There is some history of Nats facing Eickhoff over the year, but the sample sizes are small which might have been a reason that Nats’ manager Dave Martinez will not go with Alex Avila at catcher tonight.

Nats’ batters vs. Eickhoff

Both teams continue to be near the bottom in runs scored in MLB, and it is the Mets who rank the worst.

There is one change in the Nats’ lineup as Gerardo Parra will start in place of Victor Robles who has a contusion near his knee. It was Robles who made another baserunning mistake yesterday, and fortunately this time it did not cost the Nats a win.

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch:  7:05  pm EDT
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)

Line-ups subject to change without notice:

1. Kyle Schwarber LF
2. Trea Turner SS
3. Juan Soto RF
4. Josh Bell 1B
5. Josh Harrison 2B
6. Yan Gomes C
7. Gerardo Parra CF
8. Starlin Castro 3B
9. Paolo Espino RHP


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