Game 6 lineups: Nats at* Blue Jays (Kendrick scratched)

Who’s ready for some poutine, fastball velocities measured in kph instead of mph and the Nationals wearing their gray coloured pants inside their home ballpark?

It’s Bizarro World on South Capitol Street for the next two nights. Because the Canadian government won’t allow teams to travel in and out of the United States without going through 14-day quarantines, and because the Triple-A stadium in Buffalo won’t be up to major league standards for another week, the Blue Jays are forced to play their first homestand of the season on the road.

That means they’re officially the home team at Nationals Park tonight and tomorrow. They’ll wear their home uniforms. They’ll take batting practice first. The artificial crowd noises in the park will be cheering for them. Strange times, indeed. On the bright side, the Nats will be breaking out their navy blue jerseys to wear along with their gray pants for the first time in 2020. As was the case last October, perhaps that look will help spur them to victory.

No matter what uniform they’re wearing, they won’t have Juan Soto wearing one of them again. Despite being cleared today by Major League Baseball, the slugger must still wait for the D.C. Department of Health to give the final OK to rejoin the club. Davey Martinez hopes that happens Saturday. But since the Nationals are off this weekend, that means Soto wouldn’t make his season debut until at least next Tuesday against the Mets. A frustrating situation for everyone.

It’ll be up to the rest of the Nats lineup to figure out Blue Jays rookie Nate Pearson, who makes his major league debut tonight. The right-hander, a first-round pick in 2017, possesses a triple-digit fastball and sharp breaking slider, so this is no run-of-the-mill debut.

Pearson’s opponent, of course, is no run-of-the-mill pitcher, either. Max Scherzer will look to avoid his first-inning troubles and dominate from the get-go and pitch the Nationals out of their three-game losing streak.

Cabrera-Swings-Blue-WS-G2-Sidebar.jpgUpdate: Another blow to the Nats’ depleted lineup: Howie Kendrick has been scratched with upper back stiffness. The club says he’ll be available to pinch-hit, but he won’t be starting. So now Asdrúbal Cabrera is DHing and batting third, with Carter Kieboom batting seventh and making his first start of the season at third base.

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM,
Weather: Clear, 92 degrees, wind 6 mph out to left field

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
DH Howie Kendrick
DH Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Eric Thames
C Kurt Suzuki
2B Starlin Castro
3B Carter Kieboom
LF Andrew Stevenson
CF Victor Robles

RHP Max Scherzer

CF Teoscar Hernández
2B Cavan Biggio
LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
DH Rowdy Tellez
C Danny Jansen
3B Joe Panik
SS Santiago Espinal
RF Derek Fisher

RHP Nate Pearson

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