Last night's loss to the Cincinnati Reds was the fifth for the Washington Nationals in five games against the NL Central's fourth-place team. It was also the first time the Nats' lost back-to-back games at home since they dropped two straight to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 16th and 17th before putting together a nine-game win streak in the nation's capital.
The Reds won't get a chance to sweep the three-game set in D.C. tonight, however, since the series finale has been postponed due to inclement weather as the Nationals announced on Twitter just a few moments ago:
As noted in the Tweet, no makeup date has been announced yet. The Nationals have tomorrow off before they finish out the pre-All Star Break part of the schedule (I could just say 'first half' but it isn't really the first half) with a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Matt Williams declined to let reporters in on which pitchers will line up against the O's in that series when he spoke to the press before tonight's game was wiped out, though he does apparently know who will go:
Williams also admitted he knows this weekend's rotation vs Orioles but can't reveal it til tomorrow.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) July 8, 2015
Gio Gonzalez, who was scheduled to start tonight, could, of course, be pushed back until Friday now, then the Nats will have to decide who takes Stephen Strasburg's turn in the rotation since the 26-year-old right-hander has been placed on the DL with a left oblique strain or they can just go with Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister on Saturday and Sunday giving Max Scherzer off until the All-Star Game after his rough-ish outing last night against the Reds... though Williams apparently just told reporters that they'd "like to go to Scherzer as many times as possible," as MASN's Dan Kolko wrote on Twitter.
We'll have to wait until tomorrow (or more likely Friday) to see what Williams and co. decide...