Game 162 lineups: Nats at Mets

NEW YORK – And so we have come to the end of the road. The worst season in Nationals history concludes later this afternoon with one final game against the Mets, who no longer have anything at stake after the Braves clinched the NL East on Tuesday night. New York will host the Padres in a best-of-three Wild Card Series beginning Friday, so Buck Showalter’s only goal today is make sure his team is ready for that assignment.

The Nats limp into the finish line, not only because of their record but because of injuries. They lost CJ Abrams to a jammed left shoulder and Victor Robles to tight right calf during Tuesday’s doubleheader. They’ve already been without Nelson Cruz (left eye infection) for more than two weeks. So Davey Martinez has to piece together his lineup for Game 162 with whatever remaining healthy bodies he still has.

Erick Fedde has the distinct honor of starting the finale. It’s his 27th start of the season, matching his total from 2021. Fedde’s last start here at Citi Field, one month ago, was one of his best of the year: six innings of one-run ball on 101 pitches. He’ll try to duplicate that feat and head home for the winter on a positive note.

Speaking of positive notes: The weather finally looks decent for the first time in a week. It’s still cloudy and windy and cold, but most of the rain appears finally to have cleared out.

Citi Field
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Cloudy, 59 degrees, wind 10 mph in from left field

RF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
1B Joey Meneses
DH Luke Voit
SS Ildemaro Vargas
3B César Hernández
CF Alex Call
LF Josh Palacios
C Israel Pineda

RHP Erick Fedde

RF Tyler Naquin
C Francisco Álvarez
SS Francisco Lindor
DH Daniel Vogelbach
LF Mark Canha
2B Luis Guillorme
3B Mark Vientos
1B James McCann
CF Terrance Gore

RHP Trevor Williams

Abrams, Robles, Cruz all sitting for season finale
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