The Washington Nationals charter flight touched down at 2:07 EDT near Cincinnati early this morning. At this point, the Nats are used to these sleep schedules. To be at 3:30 AM and awake for breakfast at 11:30 AM if they can sleep through the normal clanking and noise in the hallways of their hotel. They have just ten games remaining on the season, and four against the Reds.
These final games mean a lot to these players who are playing hard. They continue to put up runs at a healthy pace. Tonight they will face a tough righty in Luis Castillo. Don’t think his 4.08 ERA means much to define him because his inconsistent season has included gems along the way. The former All-Star will be a test for these Nats who have very little history against him except for Josh Bell who has faced him 21 times with a .190 BA.
Patrick Corbin will start tonight’s game for the Nats, and we will see what the lefty can do in this hitter’s park. Lefty hitting Joey Votto is a career .417 against Corbin in 17 at-bats so we will see what Corbin can do against him. The Reds are fighting for a playoff spot and every game is a must-win for them.
Yesterday the Reds were rained out and have reconfigured their rotation for this series. As for now, the Nats won’t face their lefty ace, Wade Miley.
— Talk Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats) September 23, 2021
Soto now leads in the NL batting average race.
And he is now close to Guerrero for the MLB lead. In fact there are more than a few combinations of results from today’s games that could propel him into the lead.
So we’ve added Guerrero and Gurriel to the table. There are other AL players ahead of Harper and Castellanos we have not included them since they aren’t an issue for the NL BA race
Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds
Stadium: Great American Ball Park , Cincinnati, Ohio
1st Pitch: 6:40 pm EDT
TV: MASN2, Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
1. Lane Thomas CF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Juan Soto RF
4. Josh Bell 1B
5. Luis García 2B
6. Keibert Ruiz C
7. Carter Kieboom 3B
8. Andrew Stevenson LF
9. Patrick Corbin LHP