This series almost has a playoff feel, but truthfully, the only way the Nats sniff the playoffs this year is to buy a ticket to watch a game.
That photo above highlights three key additions to this Nats team with Joey Meneses, C.J. Abrams, and Ildemaro Vargas. While Abrams was a top prospect, Vargas was a journeyman, and Meneses is a 30 year old rookie who finally got a chance.
All Meneses has done with his chance is help this team win games. Last night, he added two more hits and set a Nats record topping Anthony Rendon‘s mark for the most hits to start a MLB carrer in a Nats uni in the first 16 games at 20. Meneses for his part is batting .323 with a .935 OPS.
For the third game in a row, Luke Voit will sit with back spasms. Erick Fedde will come off the IL to start on Tuesday in Seattle, and Luis Garcia will head to a rehab assignment with Rochester and play second base.
After this game, the Nats will fly to Seattle and have a day-off tomorrow.
Washington Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
Stadium: Petco Park, San Diego, California
1st Pitch: 4:10 pm EDT
TV: MASN; Bally Sports Network; MLB App (out-of-network only)
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Lineups (subject to change without notice):