Starting lineups: Nats vs. Mets in Port St. Lucie

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – After a stretch of five straight games played in Palm Beach County, the Nationals hit the road for a bit of a longer drive today. Not that 45 minutes up I-95 is that bad, but it’s actually the only trip they’ve got left that will be longer than 15 minutes.

Cade Cavalli gets the start, and it would be nice to see the rookie have some success over multiple innings, even if he’s not facing the entire Mets’ A lineup today. Cavalli should be able to complete four innings, provided he keeps his pitch count in check. At this point, he’s scheduled to be the No. 5 starter when the season begins, so the time has come for him to step up and get himself into regular season mode.

Keibert Ruiz is leading off for the second straight day, an attempt to get some extra at-bats without having to catch too many innings and also perhaps see more pitches. (Though of course he swung at the first pitch Monday afternoon and grounded out to third, not exactly what Davey Martinez had in mind.)

Victor Robles returns to the lineup after missing five days with a bruised left knee. The center fielder was able to fully participate in drills Monday with no issues, so he should be good to go and get three at-bats today.

Where: Clover Park, Port St. Lucie
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MLB Network, (Mets broadcast)
Radio: None
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, wind 12 mph in from left field

C Keibert Ruiz
DH Corey Dickerson
LF Alex Call
1B Matt Adams
2B Ildemaro Vargas
SS CJ Abrams
CF Victor Robles
RF Stone Garrett
3B Michael Chavis

RHP Cade Cavalli

CF Brandon Nimmo
RF Lorenzo Cedrola
2B Danny Mendick
DH Daniel Vogelbach
LF Mark Canha
SS Luis Guillorme
1B Mark Vientos
3B Brett Baty
C Francisco Álvarez

LHP David Peterson

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