Starting lineups: Nats vs. Astros in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It’s a sweltering March afternoon here in South Florida, summer-type weather with popup thunderstorms all over the place. Hopefully that doesn’t impact tonight’s game, but the Nationals and Astros surely will be keeping an eye on the radar before and after they take the field.

Assuming no delays or poor conditions, Josiah Gray makes the start, his second-to-last tune-up before he takes the mound for real on Opening Day in Cincinnati. Gray enters with a 7.36 ERA this spring, but that’s more than a bit misleading. He was excellent in his first two starts, allowing one run and six baserunners in five innings. Then he was roughed up last time out, allowing five runs and nine baserunners in only 2 1/3 innings. That was 10 days ago, though, because Gray pitched on a back field in a minor league game last week. Either way, it’s important for him to build up some innings tonight and hopefully have some success against some good Houston hitters.

Most of the regulars are in the Nationals lineup, aside from Luis García Jr. and Nick Senzel. So it’ll be Ildemaro Vargas at second base and Trey Lipscomb at third base, all of them facing Cristian Javier.

CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach
Gametime: 6:05 p.m.
TV: (Astros feed)
Radio: 980 AM,
Weather: Chance of storms, 85 degrees, wind 14 mph out to right field

SS CJ Abrams
RF Lane Thomas
LF Eddie Rosario
1B Joey Meneses
DH Joey Gallo
C Keibert Ruiz
CF Victor Robles
2B Ildemaro Vargas
3B Trey Lipscomb

RHP Josiah Gray

2B Jose Altuve
RF Kyle Tucker
DH Alex Bregman
LF Chas McCormick
CF Joey Loperfido
SS Jeremy Peña
1B Jon Singleton
C Victor Caratini
3B Shay Whitcomb

RHP Cristian Javier

Top prospects set for On Deck: Nationals Futures G...
Nationals, Costa Media team up for Spanish-languag...

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