World Series: Nationals lineup changes in Game 4 with Kurt Suzuki injured

The Washington Nationals have some changes in their Game 4 lineup in the World Series with Kurt Suzuki injured.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki has started the majority of the games in this World Series for the Washington Nationals. But the catcher was shaken up during Game 3 and will give way to Yan Gomes in Game 4.

That’s a big blow for the Nationals as Suzuki has played really well in this World Series.

However, Gomes has been very good offensively in this postseason and rates as a very good defensive catcher.

 

Game 2 lineup:

Not only will Gomes be in for Suzuki in Game 4, but Howie Kendrick is back in the starting lineup and will start at second base over Asdrubal Cabrera.

With the Houston Astros deploying a bullpen game, it makes it really hard for the Nationals to try and matchup in the lineup.

So why not just put your best offensive players in the lineup? And it looks like that’s what they’re doing.

Except for Suzuki who is out with the injury, and the Nats could be playing this game without a backup catcher.

Hopefully Suzuki will be alright and can come back in this series.

If not, Raudy Read and Tres Barrera are the only other catchers on the Nationals 40-man roster. Read would be the most likely candidate to replace Suzuki.

If I were betting man, I’d say Suzuki sits out games four and five as an emergency back-up and then starts Game 6 (if necessary).

Suzuki is a gamer, and he’s not going to let a hip flexor knock him out of the World Series.

Plus, I’ll take Suzuki at 60 percent over Read or Barrera.

We’ll see how the lineup changes affect Game 4. Hopefully the offense will have a little more luck with RISP after going 0-for-10 in Game 3.