Preview And Lineups: Spring Training Game 5 | Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals


It is a more normal lineup for the Washington Nationals today as they face the Miami Marlins in Viera today. The first four hitters looks like what it can be on Opening Day on April 1 and everyone in the lineup with the exception of Zach Walters will likely be on the Opening Day roster.

Feb 23, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34) connects for a base hit in the first inning during a spring training game against the New York Mets at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It is the first appearance of the Spring for Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche as well as the first Nationals appearance for Dan Haren as he tries to return to form in the National League.

The fact that Harper is hitting second could mean that is where he will be once the season gets underway. He has been clear that he would rather hit in that spot, and you have to admit the lineup looks pretty good with him in there. Also, batting second means there is less pressure on him to hit home runs which means his doubles stroke would be perfect. Still, it’s only one Spring game, so we have to be careful not to read too much into this.

For the Marlins, Nathan Eovaldi is trying to solidify his spot in the Marlins rotation after coming over in the Hanley Ramirez trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals also get a look at Christian Yelich who is the top hitting prospect in the Miami organization.

Washington Nationals (1-2-1)
Denard Span CF
Bryce Harper LF
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Chad Tracy 3B
Danny Espinosa DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Zach Walters SS
Dan Haren P

Miami Marlins (2-1-1)
Christian Yelich LF
Donovan Solano 2B
Matt Downs 3B
Joe Mahoney 1B
Alfredo Silverio DH
Chris Coghlan RF
Adeiny Hechavarria SS
Kyle Skipworth C
Gorkys Hernandez CF
Nathan Eovaldi P

Game time is 1:05 p.m. and there is no TV for this one.