Game 79 lineups: Nats vs. Marlins

We have reached the holiday weekend, which means a lot of earlier-than-usual baseball. The Nationals’ series opener against the Marlins is still a night game, but first pitch is at 6:05 p.m. to account for postgame fireworks (barring any excessive delays or a super-long game, fingers crossed).

The Nats have had all kinds of trouble with Miami this season, going 1-8, their only win coming May 18 in that wild, extra-inning game at loanDepot Park in which they initially thought they had won in the bottom of the ninth when Jesús Sánchez was called out for leaving third base too soon on a sacrifice fly to right, only to have the call overturned on review. (Sound similar to any other recent plays?)

Josiah Gray takes the mound tonight, and the young right-hander has been on some kind of roll lately. He’s got a 1.24 ERA, 0.966 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 29 innings over his last five starts, never allowing more than two runs in any of them. Alas, Gray has not received a decision in any of his last three outings due to a lack of run support.

The Nationals lineup will try to provide some support tonight against a Marlins rotation that has been elite against them this season. That includes tonight’s starter, left-hander Trevor Rogers, who despite a 5.86 ERA overall has held the Nats to three runs in 11 innings over two starts this season.

Nationals Park
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 89 degrees, wind 11 mph out to left field

LF Lane Thomas 
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Nelson Cruz
C Keibert Ruiz 
3B Maikel Franco 
2B César Hernández 
SS Luis García 
CF Victor Robles

RHP Josiah Gray

LF Jon Berti 
2B Joey Wendle
1B Garrett Cooper 
DH Jesús Aguilar 
RF Avisaíl García 
CF Jesús Sánchez 
3B Brian Anderson 
SS Miguel Rojas 
C Jacob Stallings 

LHP Trevor Rogers

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