Game 40 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

The Nationals pulled out all the stops to win the opener of today’s pseudo doubleheader, using five relievers en route to a 3-2 victory over the Mets. What does that leave for the nightcap? We’ll have to wait and see.

Jake Irvin makes his third career start, hoping to pick up where he left off last week in San Francisco, when he reached the seventh inning in impressive fashion. This is a very tough Mets lineup the right-hander is facing; he’ll have to throw strikes to avoid a high pitch count and an early exit.

If Irvin has any trouble, the Nationals have some length in the bullpen in the form of Cory Abbott. Turns out the team brought both Abbott and Joan Adon here from Triple-A Rochester, waiting to decide which pitcher would make more sense to add as the 27th man for this game. They decided to go with Abbott, who has bullpen experience, over Adon, who does not.

The lineup, meanwhile, will do its best against a guy named Max Scherzer, who returns to his old stomping grounds wearing blue and orange instead of his more familiar red and white uniform. Scherzer has made only one start since his 10-game suspension for sticky hands, and this start was pushed back due to neck spasms.  

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, wind 77 mph in from left field

RF Lane Thomas
2B Luis García
DH Joey Meneses
3B Jeimer Candelario
LF Jake Alu
1B Dominic Smith
CF Alex Call
SS CJ Abrams
C Riley Adams

RHP Jake Irvin

DH Brandon Nimmo
2B Jeff McNeil
SS Francisco Lindor
1B Pete Alonso
3B Brett Baty
RF Starling Marte
LF Mark Canha
CF Tommy Pham
C Francisco Álvarez

RHP Max Scherzer

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