Game #10 Nats begin a long West Coast trip

The Washington Nationals flew to San Francisco last night in their new American Airlines Airbus A321-253NX that is all decked out in first class luxury. San Fran is their first leg of this West Coast swing in Oracle Park. After this series against the Giants, the Nats will then go across the bay to Oakland, and next week on Jackie Robinson Day, the Nats will finish up in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers.

Depending on what happens in the Mets game and the Phillies game, we will see if the Nats are in second, third of fourth place later tonight in the NL East as the Nats enter play today with a 3-6 record. The Nats would like to win the opening game of a series, and tonight would be a good night for that. Once again, the team will be without CJ Abrams in the starting lineup after he jammed his hand on second base in a slide on Friday. He did take BP earlier today.

Your top Washington Nationals on the FanGraphs’ WAR leaderboard are Abrams, Luis Garcia Jr., and Hunter Harvey, all at +0.3. Kyle Finnegan moved to the bottom of the Nats’ WAR at -0.4.

The matchup for this afternoon’s game has Trevor Williams going for the Nats in his second start of the young season. He has to go up against the reigning NL Cy Young winner, Blake Snell. This is Snell’s 2024 debut with the Giants as he was signed less than three weeks ago as a free agent.

“We’ve got to come out and score first. We’ve got to score early and put pressure on the other team.”

— manager Dave Martinez said

The Nats starting pitchers have a combined ERA of 6.85 for 29th in MLB. Obviously sample sizes are miniscule at this point.

Here is how they rank:

No. 5 Starter: Josiah Gray 14.04
No. 4 Starter: Patrick Corbin 6.97
No. 3 Starter: Jake Irvin 5.73
No. 2 Starter: MacKenzie Gore 4.09
No. 1 Starter:  Trevor Williams 3.38

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants

Stadium: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
1st Pitch: 9:45 pm EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan radio and via the MLB app; In Spanish on DC 87.7 FM and La Pantera 100.7 FM/1220 AM. On Sirius/XM, the Nats will be online only, and the opposing team on Channel 184.

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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