Game 9 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

Juan Soto last came up to bat in an official major league game 280 days ago. You may or may not remember this, but he actually made the final out of the 2019 season for the Nationals, flying out to center field to end the top of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series. He, of course, had drawn a critical walk off Zack Greinke in the top of the seventh and then delivered an RBI single in the top of the eighth, so it’s not like there was any reason to remember that final at-bat.

Thumbnail image for Soto-HR-Swing-Blue-WS-G5-Sidebar.jpgTonight, Soto finally steps to the plate in a real game again. After telling Davey Martinez late last night he’s ready to go, the 21-year-old slugger will make his 2020 debut, batting cleanup against the Mets and playing left field. All you have to do is look down the Nationals’ entire lineup to see what a difference Soto makes. Asdrúbal Cabrera, who hit fourth Tuesday night, is now batting sixth. Eric Thames (who returns from a stiff back) also hit cleanup in his last start; tonight he’s batting seventh. This has the makings of a very potent lineup now.

The Mets’ lineup has been decimated by injuries and opt-outs, but Max Scherzer still has to contend with Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto tonight. Conforto, in particular, has been a rough matchup for Scherzer. He’s 10-for-31 with four homers in his career vs. the three-time Cy Young Award winner.

Scherzer made it all the way to the eighth inning last time out, and he’s had a full week’s rest, so he should be good to pitch deep into this game. After using four relievers Tuesday night, the Nationals could certainly use it.

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB Network (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, wind 5 mph in from right field

NATIONALS
SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
2B Starlin Castro
LF Juan Soto
DH Howie Kendrick
3B Asdrúbal Cabrera
1B Eric Thames
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles

RHP Max Scherzer

METS
LF Brandon Nimmo
RF Michael Conforto
1B Pete Alonso
DH Dominic Smith
3B J.D. Davis
SS Andrés Giménez
C Wilson Ramos
2B Luis Guillorme
CF Billy Hamilton

RHP Rick Porcello

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