Game 93 lineups: Nats vs. Braves

Will today be the day? Will the Nationals end their dual eight-game losing streaks (one of them overall, one of them against the Braves)? Will they actually be able to play this late-afternoon game as scheduled, given the likelihood of thunderstorms in the area? All we can do is wait and see on all counts.

The challenge, as always, is stiff, because the Nationals simply haven’t been able to get both a quality pitching performance and early run production against the Braves during these last eight games they’ve played against them. They guy they’re facing today, Max Fried, is very good. But the Nats have actually enjoyed some modest success against the lefty: In their last head-to-head encounter, they scored four runs in 5 2/3 innings off him, and that was with Juan Soto out of the lineup.

At the same time, though, the Nationals need a good start from Paolo Espino, who has not been great in recent outings. Over his last three starts, the wily veteran has allowed 10 runs on 17 hits while totaling only 12 innings. That includes a four-inning start Sunday in Atlanta in which he allowed two runs on six hits and was pulled with his pitch count at 65.

Nationals Park

Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Thunderstorms, 82 degrees, wind 6 mph out to left field

LF Lane Thomas
2B César Hernández
RF Juan Soto
1B Josh Bell
DH Keibert Ruiz
3B Maikel Franco
SS Alcides Escobar
C Tres Barrera
CF Victor Robles

RHP Paolo Espino

SS Dansby Swanson
1B Matt Olson
3B Riley Austin
C Travis d'Arnaud
RF Eddie Rosario
LF Adam Duvall
DH Marcell Ozuna
2B Robinson Canó
CF Michael Harris II

LHP Max Fried

Soto frustrated $440 million offer became public
Same old story for Nats in another loss to Braves ...

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to