Starting lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. – While there’s been plenty of reason to fret about the Nationals rotation this spring, there hasn’t been much reason to worry about Josiah Gray. At least, not based on the right-hander’s results to date.

Gray enters today’s start against the Cardinals with a sparkling 1.42 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts. He’s allowed only one earned run across 6 1/3 innings. He’s issued only one walk while striking out six. The workload isn’t as high as others, because his last outing came on a back field against minor leaguers. But the results have been positive so far.

The lineup has a bit of a different look to it today, with CJ Abrams leading off and Victor Robles batting second. I wouldn’t read too much into that, other than Davey Martinez wanting to get both guys at-bats without having to play too deep into the game. But it’ll be nice to see how Abrams handles the leadoff spot against Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty.

Where: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: (Cardinals broadcast)
Weather: Sunny, 76 degrees, wind 9 mph in from right field

DH CJ Abrams
CF Víctor Robles
RF Alex Call
LF Corey Dickerson
1B Matt Adams
3B Ildemaro Vargas
C Riley Adams
SS Jeter Downs
2B Michael Chavis

RHP Josiah Gray

SS Tommy Edman
2B Masyn Winn
RF Alec Burleson
1B Juan Yepez
C Andrew Knizner
DH Pedro Pagés
3B Kramer Robertson
CF Oscar Mercado
LF Matt Koperniak

RHP Jack Flaherty

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