Game 80 lineups: Nats vs. Marlins

It’s a hot, muggy, potentially stormy Saturday in the nation’s capital. In other words, classic July 4th weekend weather. Hopefully the storms hold off and allow the Nationals and Marlins to play as scheduled at 4:05 p.m. Stay tuned.

It’ll be Jackson Tetreault on the mound, making his fourth career start. The rookie right-hander was excellent in his last two outings against the Phillies and Rangers. We’ll see if he can keep that up against a Marlins club that has ransacked the Nats all season, having now won nine of their 10 head-to-head matchups.

The Nationals will be facing another young left-hander in Daniel Castano, who makes his 14th career start. They saw him in relief in May, with Castano pitching the ninth and 10th innings of that crazy game that included an appeal play at third after Jesus Sanchez potentially tagged up too soon.

I wanted to take an opportunity to thank everyone for your kind words (and even the criticism, too!) about my pinch-hitting appearance on the MASN broadcast Friday night. Kevin Frandsen was great doing emergency play-by-play and setting me up to analyze. Director Chip Winfield and producer Joe Matusek helped guide me through everything. And not that it needed to be said, but for the record: Bob Carpenter and Dan Kolko are true pros, and make a very difficult job look and sound easy. They’re both doing well and will be back soon. And finally, thanks to Tim Leonard for stepping in and writing a game story for the site while I was busy.

With all that said, I’m happy to be back in my usual seat in the writer’s press box today, covering the game the way I’m used to covering a game!

Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Chance of storms, 86 degrees, wind 8 mph out to center field

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

RHP Jackson Tetreault

2B Jon Berti
DH Garrett Cooper
1B Jesús Aguilar
CF Jesús Sanchez
RF Avisaíl García
3B Brian Anderson
C Nick Fortes
SS Miguel Rojas
LF Bryan De La Cruz

LHP Daniel Castano

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