May 22, 2014, 3:32 PM EST
Blake Treinen impressed in his first career start 16 days ago against the Dodgers. Tonight, the right-hander gets a chance to make a second impression, rejoining the Nationals rotation to replace the injured Gio Gonzalez. Treinen was very good in two starts with Class AAA Syracuse since we last saw him (three runs allowed in 11 2/3 innings) and he has had a chance to build his arm up more while pitching on an every-fifth-day schedule. So he should be good to give the Nats 100 pitches or so tonight in Pittsburgh.
Treinen faces a Pirates lineup that exploded for nine runs last night against Chris Tillman and the Orioles, and he faces one guy in particular who has absolutely killed the Nationals pitching staff over the years: Andrew McCutchen. In 30 career games against Washington, the reigning NL MVP has merely hit .395 with a .458 on-base percentage, .825 slugging percentage, 13 homers and 26 RBI. Suffice it to say, the Nats would be wise to try to keep this guy off base all weekend.
The enigmatic Edinson Volquez gets the start for the Pirates, having posted a 1.93 ERA over his first five starts but seeing that number skyrocket to 8.31 over his last four. Matt Williams goes with what has become something of his regular lineup tonight, including Tyler Moore at first base and Nate McLouth in left field.
I’m at the CSN studios today for this week’s episode of “The Baseball Show,” which will air at 6:30 p.m. So no live updates tonight. But I will be making the drive up to Pittsburgh tomorrow and will cover the rest of the weekend series in person. Enoy the game…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Where: PNC Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB Network (outside of D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 89, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 69 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Blake Treinen
RF Josh Harrison
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
3B Pedro Alvarez
LF Starling Marte
1B Ike Davis
SS Jordy Mercer
C Chris Stewart
RHP Edinson Volquez
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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