Game 13 lineups: Nats at Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. – As many flaws as they have – and they have many – the Nationals are playing some pretty compelling and competitive baseball right now. They enter today’s series finale against the Angels having gone 3-3 on this road trip, and the three losses were by a combined four runs. No, that doesn’t change the fact they can’t hit for power and their pitching staff is prone to some blowups, but it may be evidence they’re going to be a much more watchable team this season, no matter their eventual record.

A win today would send them back home with a winning record on the trip, and that feels like no small achievement, all things considered. And the good news: They send their best starter to the mound, against an opponent making his first big league start in two years.

MacKenzie Gore has been outstanding so far, leading the staff with a 2-0 record, 2.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. The lefty hasn’t been intimidated by anyone he has faced yet, so I wouldn’t expect him to back down when he faces Mike Trout this afternoon. (Shohei Ohtani isn’t in the Angels lineup, getting a well-deserved day off.)

Griffin Canning, meanwhile, is starting a big league game for the Angels for the first time since July 2, 2021. The right-hander suffered a lower back stress fracture and has been working his way back ever since. He was quite good in a rehab assignment for Single-A Inland Empire, allowing one earned run over five innings and striking out 10, but we’ll see how he handles the Nationals today in what surely will be an emotional return to the majors for him.

Where: Angel Stadium
Gametime: 4:07 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind 8 mph out to center field

LF Alex Call
3B Jeimer Candelario
1B Dominic Smith
DH Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
2B Luis García
RF Lane Thomas
SS CJ Abrams
CF Victor Robles

LHP MacKenzie Gore

LF Taylor Ward
DH Mike Trout
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Hunter Renfroe
2B Luis Rengifo
1B Brandon Drury
SS Gio Urshela
C Logan O'Hoppe
CF Brett Phillips

RHP Griffin Canning

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