Game 33 lineups: Nats vs. Blue Jays

May the Fourth be with you!

The Nationals continue celebrating “Star Wars” Weekend today with their second game against the Blue Jays. The first 15,000 fans at today’s game will receive an X-Wing Pilot Kyle Finnegan bobblehead while entering the gates.

Once again, the Nats have an opportunity to get over .500 for the first time since July 1, 2021, thanks to last night’s dramatic comeback victory. A win today and a Mets loss tonight against the Rays would also move the Nats into third place in the National League East.

Jake Irvin makes his seventh start of the season, looking to follow up a strong outing Monday in Miami in which he gave up two runs in six innings. It was Irvin’s team-high third-quality start of the year, all three of which have come over his last four outings. He’ll continue to try to get deep in the game after completing six innings in four of his six starts.

Kevin Gausman starts for the Blue Jays. After finishing third in last year’s American League Cy Young Award voting, the right-hander has struggled to start this season, going 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.357 WHIP. His strikeout numbers have come down after leading the AL with an 11.5 K/9 rate in 2023 and posting only a 7.4 rate over his first six starts. He has, however, been pitching better of late, beating the Dodgers with seven innings of one-run ball in his last start.

The weather is gross in the D.C. area, but hopefully, the rain either holds off or is light enough to play through.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, DC 87.7 (Spanish),
Weather: Chance of rain, 57 degrees, win 8 mph in from right field

SS CJ Abrams
3B Nick Senzel
2B Luis García Jr.
DH Joey Meneses
LF Jesse Winker
C Keibert Ruiz
RF Eddie Rosario
CF Alex Call
1B Trey Lipscomb

RHP Jake Irvin

RF George Springer
LF Daulton Varsho
1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
3B Justin Turner
SS Bo Bichette
DH Daniel Vogelbach
C Danny Jansen
2B Cavan Biggio
CF Kevin Kiermaier

RHP Kevin Gausman

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