Game 56 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies (updated)

The Nationals opened this bizarre season 0-6 against the Phillies. Who’d have thought they’d have a chance to finish 4-6 against their division rivals? A win tonight would complete a four-game sweep, deal Philadelphia another blow to its postseason chances and keep the Nats’ minuscule chances alive for another day.

Soto-Greeted-by-Turner-Stevenson-After-HR-Blue-Sidebar.jpgA loss tonight doesn’t automatically eliminate the Nationals. One of the Cardinals, Brewers or Giants would also need to win, raising their season win total to 28 (which the Nats could no longer reach). But, as has been the case the last several nights, the margin for error is nearly nonexistent.

The big lineup news is that Juan Soto is starting in right field for the second straight game. Manager Davey Martinez said he just wants to see how Soto looks out there. (He did play right field throughout his brief minor league career.) Martinez also coyly admitted it’s possible the Nationals would look to add a left fielder this offseason, so there may be reason to want to see now how Soto handles right.

Erick Fedde, meanwhile, becomes the first member of the rotation to make his final start of the season. It’s been an up-and-down-and-back-up-again year for Fedde, who started off well, struggled for a little while but has rebounded nicely his last two starts. Some of his struggles did come against these Phillies, who scored 10 runs in 11 innings against him last month. He’ll have a chance to reverse that trend tonight and end his 2020 on a positive note.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 6:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 78 degrees, wind 7 mph out to center field

NATIONALS
LF Andrew Stevenson
SS Trea Turner
RF Juan Soto
1B Asdrúbal Cabrera
3B Brock Holt
C Yan Gomes
2B Luis García
DH Yadiel Hernández
CF Michael A. Taylor

RHP Erick Fedde

PHILLIES
LF Andrew McCutchen
3B Alec Bohm
DH Bryce Harper
1B J.T. Realmuto
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Jean Segura
RF Jay Bruce
C Andrew Knapp
CF Scott Kingery

RHP Zach Eflin

Update: The Nationals have placed Carter Kieboom on the injured list. Martinez has also scratched Trea Turner from tonight’s lineup, inserting Josh Harrison at second base and moving Luis García from second to shortstop.

The revised lineup:

NATIONALS
LF Andrew Stevenson
2B Josh Harrison
RF Juan Soto
1B Asdrúbal Cabrera
3B Brock Holt
C Yan Gomes
SS Luis García
DH Yadiel Hernández
CF Michael A. Taylor

RHP Erick Fedde

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