Game #12 Nats have Corbin for the San Francisco treat!

The Washington Nationals clinched a series win last night by winning the first two games in San Francisco. The Nats will go for the series sweep and a .500 record with Patrick Corbin on the mound. There is some question as to the health of Joey Gallo and Hunter Harvey who were both hit on the wrist yesterday, although the good news is that the X-Rays showed no fractures. Gallo was hit by a pitch, and Harvey by a comebacker on his glove hand. Gallo is in the starting lineup.

The team sent yesterday’s starter, Joan Adon, back to Triple-A as the team can use the day-off tomorrow to wait on going with a fifth starter. In Adon’s place, the team called up catcher Drew Millas.

If the team uses the days-off, here is the upcoming schedule:

  1. Today: Patrick Corbin
  2. Thursday: Day-off
  3. Friday: Jake Irvin vs. Oakland
  4. Saturday: MacKenzie Gore vs. Oakland
  5. Sunday: Trevor Williams vs. Oakland
  6. Monday: Corbin vs. Dodgers
  7. Tuesday: ? vs. Dodgers
  8. Wednesday: Irvin vs. Dodgers
  9. Thursday: Day-off
  10. Friday: Gore vs. Houston
  11. Saturday: Williams vs. Houston
  12. Sunday: Corbin vs. Houston
  13. Monday: Day-off
  14. Tuesday: Irvin vs. Dodgers
  15. Wednesday: Gore vs. Dodgers
  16. Thursday: Williams vs. Dodgers
  17. Friday: Corbin vs. Miami
  18. Saturday: ? vs. Miami
  19. Sunday: Irvin vs. Miami
  20. Monday: Gore vs. Miami

The Nats have three spots to fill for starters on Tuesday April 16 in Los Angeles versus the Dodgers, Saturday April 27 in Miami, and Thursday May 2nd in Texas. Adon would not be available to be called up on Tuesday except due to an injury. Would it be Jackson Rutledge who hasn’t pitched since March 31 due to the rainouts. Would it be a bullpen game? Or what about Mitchell Parker on regular rest? He is on the 40-man roster. Who else would you suggest? Of course Adon makes sense for the April 27 game in Miami. Does Rizzo have a move for a veteran to acquire on an opt-out?

Your top Washington Nationals on the FanGraphs’ WAR leaderboard has CJ Abrams back on top of the team leaderboard with a +0.4 WAR and fractionally ahead of Hunter Harvey at +0.4. Jesse Winker, Ildemaro Vargas and Trevor Williams are all at +0.3.

The Nats didn’t score first last night, but they sure put it together after an unfortunate blown save was tagged on Jordan Weems due to an error by Lane Thomas. The offense made Weems into a vultured winner, so there is that. The Nats are now tied for second place in the NL East with a 5-6 record.

The team will face a right-hander in Jordan Hicks today. He was previously a closer with the Cardinals.

“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 6.05 for 28th in MLB. Obviously sample sizes are miniscule at this point. Still a lot of work for the Nationals to improve in the rankings.

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 2.61

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants

Stadium: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
1st Pitch: 3:45 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 179.

Line-up subject to change (without notice):

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