Game 160 lineups: Nats at Rockies

DENVER - Hello from Coors Field, where it's been in the 50s all afternoon and is expected to dip into the 40s tonight, with a sellout crowd expected for a must-win game for the home team seeking its first division title. In short, it's going to be a playoff-like atmosphere tonight. Maybe not the playoff atmosphere the Nationals wanted to experience, but it nonetheless will add some juice to their final series of a disappointing season.

The Nats intend to play this out, at least as long as the game matter for the Rockies (who are one game up on the Dodgers in the National League West, so they can't clinch until Saturday at the earliest). But tonight's lineup is missing some prominent names. Some (Adam Eaton, Wilmer Difo) because they're facing left-hander Kyle Freeland. At least one (Ryan Zimmerman) because of injury; Zimmerman left Wednesday's game with back tightness.

Joe-Ross-throwing-gray-sidebar.jpgJoe Ross, meanwhile, makes his third official (fourth unofficial) start since his return from Tommy John surgery. He'll look to close out his abbreviated season on a high note and leave a positive impression on the club's decision makers heading into the winter.

Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM,
Weather: Clear, 59 degrees, wind 9 mph right field to left field

CF Victor Robles
SS Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Mark Reynolds
2B Adrian Sanchez
C Spencer Kieboom
RHP Joe Ross

CF Charlie Blackmon
2B D.J. LeMahieu
LF David Dahl
3B Nolan Arenado
SS Trevor Story
RF Carlos Gonzalez
1B Ian Desmond
C Chris Iannetta
LHP Kyle Freeland

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