Starting lineups: Nats vs. Cardinals in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – No spring training game truly counts, but let’s acknowledge that tonight’s game against the Cardinals means a little bit more than nothing. For one thing, a Nationals victory would clinch a winning record in the Grapefruit League this spring!

OK, that’s not actually the reason it means something. The significance of tonight’s game involves the Nats’ starter, Zach Davies, who is running out of time to make his case for a spot in the Opening Day rotation. The veteran right-hander is making his fourth start, and the three previous ones haven’t been overwhelmingly good or bad. He enters with a 4.35 ERA and 13 baserunners allowed in 8 1/3 innings.

If Davies is going to bump Trevor Williams to the bullpen, he’s going to need to show something at some point. So tonight’s game offers an opportunity for him. Now we’ll see if he can seize that opportunity.

Speaking of opportunities … Trey Lipscomb gets another chance to start a game, this time at second base. Though none of the team’s top prospects has been expected to make the club, if there’s one who maybe could force his way in, it might be Lipscomb, who has played well and really pushed Luis García Jr. Here’s another chance for him tonight to make his case.

CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach

Gametime: 6:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: (Cardinals feed)
Weather: Chance of storms, 85 degrees, wind 14 mph out to right field

SS CJ Abrams

RF Lane Thomas
DH Jesse Winker
1B Joey Meneses
C Riley Adams
3B Nick Senzel
CF Victor Robles
2B Trey Lipscomb
LF Jacob Young

RHP Zach Davies

CF Victor Scott II

RF Dylan Carlson
DH Matt Carpenter
C Willson Contreras
LF Alec Burleson
3B Thomas Saggese
1B Alfonso Rivas III
SS Jose Fermin
2B César Prieto

LHP Steven Matz

Vespi optioned
Top prospects to play in Futures Game; non-roster ...

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