Today will be the first start for Ross Detwiler as he gets set for the season, as well as the World Baseball Classic. The Nationals are giving another look to Eury Perez, Tyler Moore, Chris Marrero and Carlos Rivero. Four guys who are on the bubble and have had the most Spring Training at bats of almost any National.
February 15, 2013; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler (48) throws to first during spring training at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
It shows that Davey Johnson is giving a long look to guys who could compose his bench (and waiting to play most of his regulars until later in this extended Spring,) and with several of them with no options remaining the decision looms a little larger. All four of them have had big hits this Spring and Perez finds himself among the Grapefruit League leaders in hits and batting average.
Today they play another division rival in Atlanta who are showing off their new off-season additions in the Upton Brothers and Grapefruit League home run leader Jason Heyward. Pitching for the Braves will be Mike Minor who is pretty much assured of a rotation spot once the season gets underway.
First pitch is scheduled at 1:05 p.m. There is no TV but the game is on radio. There are bad forecasts for the Orlando area, so there are no guarantees that this game will be able to be played. Tomorrow, the Nationals play Miami before playing the Mets on Thursday and the Braves again on Friday. Their first game against a non-NL East team is Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.