After a big win yesterday, the Washington Nationals look to Stephen Strasburg today against the Philadelphia Phillies and Roy Halladay. An Opening Day pitching match up but, aside from a few regulars on either side (well, mostly the Phillies side) a Spring Training lineup.
The shortstops in today’s game? Yuniesky Betancourt and Anthony Rendon. One of them is the worst defensive shortstop in recent memory. The other one has hardly played the position. I think this is an on-going search to see what Rendon can do around the infield. Shortstop is a weird place for him given that the team already has Ian Desmond, but if Rendon can play every infield position, that raises his value in a bench role if he gets called up and position flexibility is never a bad thing.
The game is televised so it will be interesting to see how Rendon handles the spot. He handled the position in backup duty a few days ago but obviously the start there today means that this is something the Nationals are thinking of short-to-long term.
Game time is 1:05 and is not available on Washington TV but the game is available on MLB.tv