Photo from Stan for TalkNats
Second time in a week, and the Washington Nationals will be facing their former ace Max Scherzer
in a Grapefruit League game. Scherzer’s former Mets’ teammate, Trevor Williams
is scheduled to start for the Nats. This game will be televised on the MLB app and some viewers will get to watch on the MLB Network.
The Nats game yesterday ended in a 5-5 tie with the Marlins. It looked like the Nats were going to walk-off, but instead settled for the Spring Training tie. The Nats had some stellar defense, but the bullpen was really not good except for Jose Ferrer
and Anthony Banda
. The most disappointing part of the game was another RISP situation and bad baserunning. This time it was Carter Kieboom
who got doubled off of second base on a ball in the air to the outfield. In the game before, similar bad baserunning in a similar situation by Luis Garcia
. These aren’t rookies. This cannot happen.
What can happen is playing the game hard, and we saw that yesterday. Dominic Smith
, Lane Thomas
, and Michael Chavis
all had stellar defensive plays. MacKenzie Gore
got in his two innings of work, and will continue to ramp up.
We are now less than four weeks to Opening Day, and there will definitely be open spots to compete for. Sure, starting spots are probably all claimed unless you believe there is a true competition for the fifth starting pitcher’s spot. We will see.
Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Clover Park, Port St. Lucie, Florida
1:10 pm EDT
SNY, MLB Network and the MLB app
Nationals Radio and the MLB app
Line-up subject to change (without notice):