The remnants of Hurricane Ian has arrived arrived in Washington D.C. as a slow and steady rain. Will the Washington Nationals be able to play this game tonight? The Nats dropped game #1 of this doubleheader this afternoon.
Tomorrow’s doubleheader was reduced to an afternoon game with a preemptive move to make today a split-day/night doubleheader. Things do not look good on the weather forecast right now.
The Washington Nationals will try to continue their role of spoiler, and today’s opponent is the Philadelphia Phillies. They hold a narrow 1.0 game lead in the loss column over the Milwaukee Brewers. All the Brewers had to do was to hang on to their 2-0 lead last night in the 8th inning — but their bullpen blew it. The Brewers had a chance to take over the final Wild Card spot last night with a win, and now need the help of the Washington Nationals. The Phillies had dropped five straight games before their win over the Nats earlier today to end that losing streak.
The Nationals could use a long winning streak to end their season on a high note after Wednesday’s spirited walk-off win against the Braves pushed them out of a first place tie, so the Nats are trying to wreak havoc on the NL East playoff picture.
The Washington Nationals have called up RHP Tommy Romero as their 29th man for this doubleheader and to start this game. The team claimed Romero off waivers from Tampa in August. He appeared in three games for the Rays this season and his debut was not a good one. His third a final appearance was a perfect inning in relief. He pitched well for the Nats’ Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings going 19 1/3 innings with a 2.33 ERA.
As of now, Romero is listed as the Nats’ starter for the second game of today’s doubleheader. Of course all of that is weather permitting.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 7:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN2; NBC Sports Philadelphia, MLB App (out-of-network only)
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Lineups (subject to change without notice):