Nats (25-16) vs. Marlins (21-19) at Citi Field
The Nationals took two of three against the New York Mets thanks to a 9-1 blowout victory on Thursday night to secure the series. Now they transition to Miami to take on the Marlins this weekend to close out their road trip.
The Nats are riding high, but will need Tanner Roark (2-3, 3.10) to be much better than he has against the Marlins in order for them to win the opener. Roark has an 8.40 ERA after three matchups with Miami this season. Compare that to his 0.79 mark against other teams and clearly something is up.
Behind Roark will be the usual lineup minus Ben Revere. Michael Taylor is instead batting leadoff and playing center field.
First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Marlins - Justin Nicolino
CF Michael Taylor
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
2B Daniel Murphy
1B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
2B Derek Dietrich
3B Martin Prado
LF Christian Yelich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Marcell Ozuna
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
P Justin Nicolino
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.