Jul 1, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT
All is well in NatsTown at the moment. They’ve won nine of their last 10. They’ve opened up a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East. Their rotation has been on a dominant stretch. And, get this, they’re actually using the same lineup tonight as they used during last night’s 6-1 victory over the Braves. Yes, for the first time in awhile, there are no questions about the state of Bryce Harper’s leg, Denard Span’s back or Yunel Escobar’s hand. Obviously, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth still remain on the DL, but for now there appears to at least be some level of stability among the guys on the active roster.
Doug Fister gets the start tonight, coming off his own dominant performance against this same Braves team last week in D.C. (seven scoreless innings). Rookie right-hander Matt Wisler, who the Nats roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four innings last week, is back on the mound for Atlanta tonight.
As you know, I’m not at Turner Field for this series, but please keep up the conversation here. Enjoy the game…
WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Doug Fister
2B Jace Peterson
CF Cameron Maybin
RF Nick Markakis
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Juan Uribe
1B Kelly Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Eury Perez
RHP Matt Wisler
HP C.B. Bucknor (cc)
1B Dan Iassogna
2B Lance Barrett
3B Gabe Morales
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
ON THE RADIO
As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 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: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.
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