May 27, 2014, 3:27 PM EST
The Nationals aren’t scoring runs. This probably isn’t news to you. They’ve scored a total of 14 runs over their last six games (five of them losses). In their 26 losses this season, they’ve scored 52 total runs. Yes, that’s an average of 2 runs per game. (FYI: They’ve scored an average of 5.84 runs in their 25 wins to date.)
So, Matt Williams has to start doing some things to try to give his team a chance to be more productive at the plate. For now, that means a switch at second base. Danny Espinosa — 0 for his last 13 with eight strikeouts — takes a seat today despite a right-hander on the mound for the Marlins (Henderson Alvarez). Kevin Frandsen, who actually has better numbers against righties (.711 OPS) than lefties (.491) this season, gets his second start at second base in three days.
Blake Treinen, meanwhile, makes his third career start, trying to do what so many other members of the Nationals pitching staff have been unable to do: Get Giancarlo Stanton out. It’ll be interesting to see how Stanton fares against Treinen’s upper 90s sinker tonight.
It’s a hot, sticky day in the District, and there’s a good chance of storms later this afternoon and evening. Check back for updates throughout…
MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 82 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Kevin Frandsen
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Blake Treinen
LF Christian Yelich
2B Derek Dietrich
RF Giancarlo Stanton
3B Casey McGehee
1B Garret Jones
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
CF Marcell Ozuna
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Henderson Alvarez
HP Seth Buckminster
1B Jim Reynolds
2B Brian Knight
3B Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
6:25 p.m. — Bad news: The tarp is on the field, the skies have darkened and there’s heavy rain on the way. So tonight’s game will not start on time. Will update if I hear anything else.
7:15 p.m. — And this game has officially been postponed. No announcement of a makeup date yet. Full story with details to come.
COUNTDOWN TO OPENING DAY
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