Game 103 lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals

For all the issues that surround them – and there are plenty – there is also this fact about the Nationals: They’ve won four of their last six, and this afternoon they have an opportunity to win their second straight series over a bona fide contender. Yes, after winning two straight at Dodger Stadium to begin the week, they’ve now split the first two games of the weekend series against the Cardinals and will go for another curly W today.

It’s Josiah Gray on the mound, bumped up a day because of Erick Fedde’s injury but still on full rest. In his last start at Dodger Stadium, Gray gave up a leadoff homer to Mookie Betts, then cruised through the fourth before giving up a leadoff homer to Cody Bellinger during what became a two-run fifth. This will be his first start against the Cardinals.

The Nationals lineup is without Victor Robles, whose left hamstring cramped after making his last catch in the top of the eighth Saturday night. That’s why he was slow to get to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, why he looked so out of sorts during that at-bat and why Davey Martinez pulled him from the game for the top of the ninth.

Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Rain arriving, 86 degrees, wind 8 mph out to left field

CF Lane Thomas
2B Cesar Hernandez
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Nelson Cruz
LF Yadiel Hernandez
SS Luis Garcia
3B Ehire Adrianza
C Tres Barrera

RHP Josiah Gray

CF Dylan Carlson
DH Brendan Donovan
1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Nolan Arenado
2B Nolan Gorman
RF Lars Nootbaar
SS Paul DeJong
LF Corey Dickerson
C Austin Romine

RHP Andre Pallante

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