Split-squad lineups: Nats vs. Astros and Mets

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - And so we have reached final day of spring training. Yes, the Nationals’ charter (not to mention the commercial flights us reporters use) will be heading back to Washington tonight. Anybody who doesn’t swing at the first pitch during today’s game deserves to be fined.

Make that today’s games. Plural. For some bizarre reason, the Nationals have split-squad games today: One at home against the Astros, one on the road against the Mets. Given the travel situation, almost all of the big leaguers are staying back here for the home game. But a few guys were required to make the road trip, and they’re likely to play a few innings and then hightail it back from Port St. Lucie so they don’t hold up the charter. Good planning, guys!

corbin-patrick-delivers-white-spring-sidebar.jpgIt’s Patrick Corbin pitching here, his final tune-up before the lefty makes his Nationals debut one week from today against the Mets. It’s Joe Ross pitching in Port St. Lucie, his final tune-up before the righty heads to Fresno to open his season and wait for his services to be needed in D.C.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. HOUSTON ASTROS
Where: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Gametime: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: MLB.com (Astros broadcast)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, wind 15 mph in from right field

NATIONALS
RF Adam Eaton
2B Brian Dozier
LF Juan Soto
C Yan Gomes
DH Kurt Suzuki
1B Jake Noll
CF Victor Robles
3B Chris Dominguez
SS Matt Reynolds

LHP Patrick Corbin

ASTROS
CF Jake Marisnick
SS Aledmys Díaz
3B Alex Bregman
1B Tyler White
RF Josh Reddick
2B Nick Tanielu
DH Granden Goetzman
C Max Stassi
LF Myles Straw

RHP Gerrit Cole

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (ss) vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: First Data Field, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 12:10 p.m.
TV: MLB Network (Mets broadcast), MLB.tv
Radio: MLB.com (Mets broadcast)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, wind 12 mph in from right field

NATIONALS
LF Andrew Stevenson
CF Wilmer Difo
1B Matt Adams
SS Carter Kieboom
2B Adrian Sanchez
C Spencer Kieboom
RF Alec Keller
DH O’Koyea Dickson
3B Drew Ward

RHP Joe Ross

METS
LF Brandon Nimmo
3B Jeff McNeil
2B Robinson Canó
DH Peter Alonso
RF Michael Conforto
C Wilson Ramos
SS Amed Rosario
1B Dominic Smith
CF Juan Lagares

P David Peterson

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