The Grapefruit League schedule is complete. One more in D.C. with the New York Yankees today and a day off on Sunday and then it's real baseball back in the nation's capital on Monday afternoon.
It's windy and sunny in Nationals Park today with weather forecasts calling for it to be 55° when Doug Fister throws his first pitch to the Yankees at 1:05 PM EDT.
Fister, 31, starts his second season with the Nats after a rough-ish outing in his last Spring Training start.
The six-year veteran gave up eight hits, three home runs and six runs total in four innings of work against the Miami Marlins last Sunday afternoon, leaving him with a 7.02 ERA (13 ER) in 16 ⅔ IP in Grapefruit League action over which he walked three, struck out nine and gave up six home runs. [ed. note - "It took Fister 36 ⅔ IP to get to six HRs allowed last season."]
Though it was a windy day in Space Coast Stadium last Sunday, which saw seven home runs leave the yard, Fister refused to blame the conditions in Viera for his struggles.
"I can't let any of that affect me. I know I have to get the ball down regardless," Fister told reporters.
"I left the ball up, and it allowed the Marlins to get good contact on the ball," he explained. "I don't let outside influences affect the game. It's a game I have to control and make adjustments."
Fister said then he had one more chance to "fine tune" things before he started in games that count. That last chance is in this afternoon's exhibition with the Yankees.
Here's the lineup that will take the field behind Fister at the start of today's game:
WATCH/LISTEN: Today's game is on MASN and 106.7 the FAN in D.C.