Nats (86-59) vs. Mets (77-68) at Nationals Park
The Nats and Mets square off for the final time of the 2016 season on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. That is, unless they meet later on in the playoffs, as both teams are currently qualify.
A lot can happen between now and October, but the Nationals currently have their sights set on clinching the division and Wednesday offers them their final opportunity to directly affect the Mets in a head-to-head game.
Tanner Roark (14-8, 2.85) gets the start for the Nats in his third matchup with the Mets of this year. He's allowed just three earned runs in 14 1/3 total innings of work vs. New York this season.
Starting for the Mets will be right-hander Robert Gsellman (2-1, 3.92). He gave the Nats a hard time just two starts ago with six innings of one-run ball on Sept. 3.
The Nats' lineup remains the same as usual, but bench coach Chris Speier is set to manage with Dusty Baker out due to the death of a close family member.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Mets - Robert Gsellman
CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
3B Jose Reyes
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
LF Yoenis Cespedes
CF Curtis Granderson
RF Jay Bruce
2B T.J. Rivera
1B James Loney
C Rene Rivera
RHP Robert Gsellman
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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.