Game 33 lineups: Nats vs. Phillies

To say the Nationals need to find a way to win today’s series finale against the Phillies is a gross understatement. No, the season isn’t over if they lose again, but if they get swept by Philadelphia after losing two of three to the Yankees after getting swept by the Braves ... well, that’s not a position you want to be in.

So the pressure’s on this afternoon on South Capitol Street, which is probably the last thing Davey Martinez wants. He held a team meeting after Wednesday night’s loss in which he tried to boost morale and encourage everyone to relax and have fun. Easier said than done when you’re 13-19 and have seen your closer give up runs in each of his last five innings of work.

Bell-Safe-at-Home-White-Sidebar.jpgAs always, the key is getting an early lead. To that end, there’s another new-look lineup today. Trea Turner is back to leading off, with Josh Harrison behind him in front of Juan Soto. Josh Bell returns to start at first base after Ryan Zimmerman started Wednesday night - Zimmerman wasn’t going to start a day game after a night game, so this was the plan all along - but the struggling Bell will bat sixth against Phillies righty Zach Eflin.

Patrick Corbin gets the ball for the Nats, trying to contain a Phillies lineup that again is without J.T. Realmuto. The All-Star catcher didn’t play Wednesday after taking a foul ball off his knee the previous night, but now comes word that he’s been placed on the COVID-19 injury list. That’s an unexpected development.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, MLB.com
Weather: Sunny, 69 degrees, wind 8 mph in from left field

NATIONALS
SS Trea Turner
2B Josh Harrison
RF Juan Soto
LF Kyle Schwarber
3B Starlin Castro
1B Josh Bell
C Yan Gomes
LHP Patrick Corbin
CF Victor Robles

PHILLIES
LF Andrew McCutchen
2B Jean Segura
RF Bryce Harper
1B Rhys Hoskins
3B Alec Bohm
CF Odúbel Herrrera
C Andrew Knapp
SS Nick Maton
RHP Zach Eflin

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