More rain for a Strasburg start

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

Stephen Strasburg is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Nationals tonight. The skies are dark, it's already raining at Nats Park and the forecast is a more than a little foreboding.

How foreboding? Check the weather radar and you'll discover a huge green blob stretching from slightly north of Ottawa, Ont., to south of New Orleans. Right now, its width is from about Burke in the western suburbs of D.C. to a little east of Charleston, W.Va.

In other words, there doesn't look like much of a window.

Doesn't it seem like the weather gods are once again conspiring against Strasburg, whose turn often falls when the sun goes in and the rain comes out?

The Nationals need to win games, especially games against the Marlins. So expect this one to be played. We'll either spend a quality Saturday night together, mixing raindrops and baseball, or the teams will convene for a doubleheader tomorrow.

Yes, that would give the Nats two doubleheaders in the span of six days. They played one Tuesday after Monday's shootings at the Navy Yard forced the postponement of a scheduled game against the Braves.

In hopes of playing tonight, here are the lineups.

For the Marlins:

2B Donovan Solano
3B Ed Lucas
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Logan Morrison
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
C Koyie Hill
RHP Tom Koehler

For the Nationals:

CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Stephen Strasburg

We'll post the Marlins lineup when it becomes available.

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