Davey Johnson found the right mix to help the Washington Nationals snap their three-game losing streak in last night's win in Miami. (Or maybe it was just the fact that the Nats were playing the Marlins?) Danny Espinosa (wrist) and Adam LaRoche (rest) sat out last night's game so that Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi could get some at bats and the Nationals responded with a 16-hit, 10-run game against the Fish in Miami, Florida's Marlins Park. Both Lombardozzi and Moore are back in the lineup tonight after they each went 2 for 5 in the win and the Nats' 70-year-old skipper has made a few other changes as well:
Davey's Lineup, Tue at MIA/G14: Werth rf, Bernadina cf, Zimmerman 3b, LaRoche 1b, Desmond ss, Moore lf, Lombardozzi 2b, Suzuki c, Haren RHP.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) April 16, 2013
Werth's leading off. Shark in center. That means it's a night off for Denard Span, who has started all 13 games so far and hit in all but two of them. Bryce Harper (who's probably steamed) is getting the night off as well after a little dry spell, which if you're on Twitter you might have heard, has him 0 for 13 since he hit a home run off the Braves' Julio Teheran in early in last Friday's game at home against Atlanta. While the rest of the Nats were swinging and connecting all night in the win in Miami on Monday, Harper was 0 for 4 with a walk (though as Doghouse noted in last night's post game WPA, it was actually earned him a spot on the WPA leaderboard since it loaded the bases).
So tonight against the Fish in Dan Haren's third start as a Nat, the Nationals have Werth leading off, Shark second, Zim back in the old three-hole with LaRoche fourth, Desi, Moore, Lombo and Zuk in front of the pitcher. Davey Johnson's doing some tinkering to get some folks rest and others ABs. Will it backfire and allow the Marlins to claim their first win vs Washington in the fifth game of the year between the NL East rivals? Will Dan Haren put together the sort of start vs the Fish that the Nats and their fans have been waiting to see? You'll have to tune in at 7:05 pm EST to find out. Haren vs Alex Sanabia live from Marlins Park... GameThread up a little later...