Considering all the injuries that the Washington Nationals have had of late, they could definitely use the day off. The Nats had their series finale tonight rained out against the Cincinnati Reds at Nats Park. There has been no makeup date announced as of right now. This is the team’s third postponement due to rain this year:
Both teams have a day off tomorrow, but they will push back the makeup game to a later date in the season. This could be advantageous to the Nationals, who are currently without Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, and Denard Span in the lineup. Yunel Escobar was not scheduled to be in tonight’s lineup, but he was a bench option for the Nats tonight. Plus, they are 0-5 against the Reds this season.
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CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman tweeted that the ideal date for a makeup game between these two teams could be September 28, which is during the final week of the season. Both teams have the day off and their other mutual off date, August 17, is when both teams will be out on the other side of the country:
Left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) was supposed to take the mound for the Nats tonight. But, with back-to-back off days, manager Matt Williams can re-shape the rotation anyway that he wants to. There is no set plan though as of yet as to which three pitchers will get the ball against the Orioles this weekend:
Of course, the big question surrounding this weekend’s rotation will be whether or not ace Max Scherzer pitches one of the three games that will take place at Camden Yards. Scherzer was selected as one of the pitchers for the National League All-Star Game. If he were to pitch on Sunday as currently scheduled, he could only throw a maximum of one inning in Tuesday night’s game at Cincinnati.
With the Nats not playing today, they are now just three games ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East. The Mets won their game this afternoon against the San Francisco Giants.