Blake Treinen is scheduled to take the mound at 1:05 PM EDT, weather permitting, to start the first game of the split doubleheader with the New York Mets.
Treinen, 26, threw two innings in relief against the Mets on August 5th, giving up a run on three hits in a 6-1 loss.
In three September outings, two in relief and one as a starter, he's thrown eight scoreless innings with five of them last time out on the mound when he held the Braves off the board through five innings of work on the mound in Atlanta's Turner Field.
Over that stretch, the rookie right-hander has held opposing hitters to a combined .214/.241/.214 line.
As a starter this season, Treinen has put up a 2.27 ERA, a 3.63 FIP and a .237/.302/.305 line against in six outings and 31 ⅔ IP.
Treinen gets another start this afternoon. Here's the sort-of makeshift lineup that will be taking the field behind the sinker-balling right-hander in the first of two games to be played in the nation's capital today:
#Nats Game 1 lineup vs. #Mets: Taylor CF, Harper RF, Zimmerman LF, LaRoche 1B, Desmond SS, Frandsen 3B, Lobaton C, Espinosa 2B, Treinen P— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 25, 2014
Ryan Zimmerman's in left as he was scheduled to be last night... patrolling a wet left field?
No Denard Span, though the Nationals continue to say they're not too concerned about the right knee he injured making a tumbling catch at the wall on Tuesday night.
Nats' rookie Michael Taylor gets the start in center tonight and he's leading off.
Jose Lobaton's behind the plate catching Treinen this afternoon.
Kevin Frandsen is at third instead of Anthony Rendon.
Danny Espinosa's starting at second.
Don't bother looking at the radar, it'll all work out just fine...Game time 1:05 PM EDT.