Preview And Lineups: Spring Training Game 16 | Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals


A home game today for the Washington Nationals which means that we get a regular lineup for the game today against the Atlanta Braves.

Mar 6, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) warms up in the bullpen before a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Zimmerman continues at DH as he gets his arm back into shape on side sessions and Kurt Suzuki is back behind the plate. The big story is Stephen Strasburg continuing his work for the start of the season. He has been at times unhittable, at times stung for runs but that is to be expected as he gets set for his season.

For Atlanta, Paul Maholm will be starting as he tries to secure a place in the rotation and will try to keep it even after Brandon Beachy returns from injury. Maholm was acquired mid-season last year from the Chicago Cubs and as of right now, is expected to be the odd-man out of the rotation. His work the first few months of the season can change that.

Offensively for the Braves, it is a pretty usual Spring Training visitor’s lineup with only the Upton brothers and Juan Francisco expected to start Opening Day. The Braves do have a couple of interesting names in Tyler Pastornicky and Christian Bethancourt  starting today. Pastornicky is likely the backup to Andrelton Simmons who is in the World Baseball Classic with the Netherlands.

Game time is 1:05 in Viera and will be available on radio.

Atlanta Braves (8-9)
Tyler Pastornicky SS
Jordan Schafer RF
Justin Upton LF
Juan Francisco 3B
B.J. Upton CF
Ernesto Mejia 1B
Blake DeWitt 2B
Christian Bethancourt C
P: Paul Maholm

Washington Nationals (6-7)
Denard Span CF
Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper LF
Ryan Zimmerman DH
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Chad Tracy 3B
P: Stephen Strasburg