Game 74 lineups: Nats vs. Diamondbacks

The Nationals have a chance today to win their fourth straight series after getting swept at home by the Mets earlier this month. A win over the Diamondbacks would also give them 10 wins in 13 games during that same stretch. And a win would also bring them back to .500 and keep them firmly in a National League wild card spot.

Not to put too much pressure on a single game in June, but a victory to close out this series against the defending NL champs before embarking on a nine-game road trip that will take them all over the country would be huge for this team.

But they’ll likely have to do it without CJ Abrams, who was a late scratch from yesterday’s starting lineup and underwent an MRI on his left wrist. We should get some more insight into that surprising injury later this morning.

With or without Abrams, the Nats will look for better offensive results against Arizona pitching. Right-hander Ryne Nelson makes his 13th appearance (12th start) for the visitors. Although his overall numbers aren’t that impressive (4-5, 5.49 ERA, 1.640 WHIP), he’s coming off a six-inning outing against the White Sox in which he held them to one run and struck out eight. He also completed 7 ⅔ innings of two-run ball against the Giants earlier this month on just 80 pitches, so the Nats need to work the count better than they have lately.

MacKenzie Gore makes his 15th start this afternoon. The left-hander is coming off a dominant performance against the Marlins that included seven innings of one-run ball, 10 strikeouts and a dust-up in the dugout. Here's hoping that today will produce similar results on the field without the dramatics off it.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, DC 87.7 (Spanish),
Weather: Partly cloudy, 88 degrees, wind 8 mph out to left field

RF Lane Thomas
LF Jesse Winker
DH Eddie Rosario
C Keibert Ruiz
2B Luis García Jr.
1B Joey Meneses
SS Ildemaro Vargas
3B Nick Senzel
CF Jacob Young

LHP MacKenzie Gore

DH Ketel Marte
RF Randal Grichuk
LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
1B Christian Walker
3B Eugenio Suárez
CF Jake McCarthy
2B Blaze Alexander
SS Kevin Newman
C Tucker Barnhart

RHP Ryne Nelson

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