Game 4 lineups: Nats vs. Pirates

In a perfect world, the Nationals would have come home from Cincinnati with a winning record to a sun-splashed ballpark for today’s home opener. Alas, this isn’t a perfect world. The Nats lost Sunday’s series finale to the Reds with a gut punch of a bottom of the ninth. And the sun will not be shining on South Capitol Street today, with lots of rain in the forecast.

The glimmer of hope? The percentage chance of rain goes down during the mid-to-late afternoon hours, so perhaps it will be dry enough to play as scheduled at 4:05 p.m. If the Nats knew Tuesday looked better, they absolutely would have postponed today’s game well in advance. Unfortunately, Tuesday’s forecast looks worse, so they really have no choice but to attempt to play today. It’s not ideal, but it’s the best they can do with what Mother Nature is throwing their way.

The Nationals come home to face a Pirates team that just swept a four-game series in Miami, two of those wins coming in extra innings. This is a team filled with young talent, making for an intriguing series here the next few days.

It’s MacKenzie Gore getting the ball for the home opener, an honor Davey Martinez wanted the young lefty to have. After less-than-dominant showings from Josiah Gray, Patrick Corbin and Jake Irvin in Cincy, it would be lovely to get some quality out of Gore today.

MASN has all the proceedings today, with a special hour-long pregame show beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding with all of the player intros, the anthem and flyover. If you can’t be here in person, be sure to tune in!

Nationals Park

Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Chance of rain, 59 degrees, wind 7 mph in from center field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
1B Joey Meneses
DH Keibert Ruiz
LF Jesse Winker
3B Trey Lipscomb
2B Ildemaro Vargas
C Riley Adams
CF Victor Robles

LHP MacKenzie Gore

1B Connor Joe
LF Bryan Reynolds
3B Ke'Bryan Hayes
DH Andrew McCutchen
RF Edward Olivares
C Henry Davis
SS Oneil Cruz
CF Michael A. Taylor
2B Alika Williams

LHP Marco Gonzales

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