Game 152 lineups: Nats vs. White Sox

There are 11 games remaining on the Nationals’ 2023 schedule. Nine of those come against the teams with the two best records in baseball. Which makes these final two games against the White Sox kind of important if they want to stockpile a couple more wins and inch closer to the 70-win mark.

It didn’t happen Monday night, not even close as Mike Clevinger went the distance and didn’t allow a run until Dominic Smith’s solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth (which set off a silly benches-clearing argument). At this point, it’s probably too much to expect this Nats lineup to get red-hot, but it would sure be nice to get just a little bit more production.

Perhaps it will happen against José Ureña, who has had quite the interesting season. You may or may not remember he opened the season with the Rockies, then was released after going 0-4 with a 9.82 ERA in five starts, one of which saw the Nationals knock him out after 2 2/3 innings at Coors Field. The right-hander then signed a minor league deal with the Nats and proceeded to make 15 starts for Triple-A Rochester, going 1-3 with a 6.31 ERA. He was released in August, signed with the White Sox and now finds himself in their September rotation, going 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in two starts.

Jackson Rutledge was a teammate of Ureña in Rochester and now faces him tonight in his second career start. Rutledge’s debut was kind of a nightmare, and he surely will be motivated to flip the script tonight and perhaps emerge with his first career win in his first career start in D.C.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Clear, 72 degrees, wind 6 mph in from left field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
DH Keibert Ruiz
1B Dominic Smith
3B Ildemaro Vargas
2B Luis García
C Drew Millas
LF Blake Rutherford
CF Jacob Young

RHP Jackson Rutledge

SS Tim Anderson
LF Andrew Benintendi
CF Luis Robert Jr. 
DH Eloy Jiménez
3B Yoán Moncada
1B Andrew Vaughn
RF Gavin Sheets
2B Elvis Andrus
C Korey Lee

RHP José Ureña

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