Game 153 lineups: Nats vs. White Sox

Who knows what the final week-plus of the season has in store for the Nationals, but we do know this: Today is probably their last best shot at winning a series. A victory today over the White Sox would complete their 18th winning series of the year, six more than they won last year. That would be a nice improvement.

To pull it off, they need the good version of Josiah Gray to show up this afternoon. That’s the version the Nats got last week in Pittsburgh, when Gray struck out 10, didn’t issue a walk and allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings. He still didn’t emerge with the win, though, and he actually hasn’t won a game since July 22. It would be nice to end that streak today.

The Nationals lineup needs to show more patience today than it showed Tuesday night, when everybody seemed to be swinging at the first pitch and making outs. Well, that can’t be the case today against Michael Kopech, who leads the American League in walks. Plain and simple, the Nats have to work the count today. There’s no excuse not to.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, wind 3 mph out to center field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
DH Joey Meneses
C Keibert Ruiz
1B Dominic Smith
2B Luis García
3B Ildemaro Vargas
LF Jake Alu
CF Jacob Young

RHP Josiah Gray

SS Tim Anderson
LF Andrew Benintendi
CF Luis Robert Jr.
DH Eloy Jiménez
3B Yoán Moncada
1B Andrew Vaughn
RF Gavin Sheets
2B Lenyn Sosa
C Carlos Pérez

RHP Michael Kopech

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