Lineups: Nats vs. Mets in West Palm Beach

Slowly but surely, the Nationals are putting a team on the field that resembles the one we’ll see in April. And today’s game against the Mets might feature the closest yet.

The lineup is full of regulars, with the added twist of Ryan Zimmerman at first base. And with Victor Robles again leading off, that creates a whole lot of depth. To wit: Starlin Castro is batting seventh in this arrangement. That’s an awfully good No. 7 hitter.

Thumbnail image for Trea-Turner-swing-blue-sidebar.jpgDavey Martinez does have Trea Turner batting second, ahead of Juan Soto. That’s a reversal of the look he tried out last week with those two big bats. Look for plenty of tinkering this spring as the manager tries to decide what the best order is for his club.

Joe Ross, meanwhile, makes his first start of the spring, his first start of any kind since last spring. The Nationals are counting on the right-hander to come up big and seize the No. 5 starter’s job. Today provides his first opportunity to make his case. Among the relievers scheduled to follow Ross are Erick Fedde, Brad Hand, Wander Suero and Kyle Finnegan.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
TV: None
Radio: None
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 70 degrees, wind 18 mph in from center field

NATIONALS
CF Victor Robles
SS Trea Turner
RF Juan Soto
DH Josh Bell
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Kyle Schwarber
2B Starlin Castro
C Alex Avila
3B Carter Kieboom

RHP Joe Ross

METS
CF Brandon Nimmo
SS Francisco Lindor
RF Michael Conforto
1B Dominic Smith
3B J.D. Davis
2B Luis Guillorme
C Patrick Mazeika
LF Khalil Lee
DH Brett Baty

RHP Jordan Yamamoto

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