There’s no Grapefruit League game for the Nationals today, but that doesn’t mean they are taking the day off. How are they spending their Monday?
“We’ll have some early defensive work for some guys, and then we’ll play probably a 4-5 inning sim game,” Davey Martinez told reporters after Sunday’s matchup with the Mets.
“Get some pitchers some work, some bullpen guys some work, and it will kind of be a shorter day, but we’ll definitely get some work in.”
The point of the sim games and B-games the team is playing, the manager explained, is to get all the pitchers still in camp the work they need.
“These things are for us about the pitching. Trying to get pitchers innings. Also too we’ll watch — [Gerardo] Parra is going to play center field. Guys that are moving around to different positions, they’ll get to play some different positions. For me I want to take a look at what these guys can do in other positions.”
There’s more Grapefruit League baseball tomorrow afternoon. For now, go read your links...
Scherzer Named Opening Day Starter:
Davey Martinez announces Max Scherzer will be Nationals' Opening Day starter - (NBC Sports Washington)
"This year will mark the sixth time in seven seasons with the Nationals that Scherzer is the team's Opening Day starter."
Scherzer focused on details, not result, in opening night preview - (MASN)
"Though he cruised through his first three innings, Scherzer ran into trouble in the fourth and fifth."
Max Scherzer to start Opening Day for Nationals - (MLB.com)
"The tradition continues -- Max Scherzer will be the Nationals’ Opening Day starter for the sixth time in seven seasons."
Other Nats Links:
Victor Robles has spent this spring proving himself again to the Nationals - (WaPost)
“Again, as if he were reminded of his itch for danger, Victor Robles made the Washington Nationals cross their fingers and hope.”
On Victor Robles, a quick-passing injury scare and why he's such a big key for the Nationals this season: https://t.co/WjbCsSN5Yy— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 21, 2021
Rainey to make game debut today, Parra progressing well - (MASN)
"Tanner Rainey will make his Grapefruit League debut at last today, a critical sign the Nationals reliever should be ready to open the season on the active roster."
With nine days to go, another crack at a 26-man roster - (MASN)
"With the important caveat that several of these spots are far from locked up, let’s take a crack at the possible 26-man roster that could be taking the field April 1 at Nationals Park ..."
After solid start, Nats must decide where Voth fits in - (MASN)
"What, then, is to become of Voth? That’s a question club officials must answer in the next week before camp ends and the team heads north."
Josh Bell impressing manager with big spring - (MLB.com)
"Bell, 28, has been in the Major Leagues for five seasons, but he is trying to learn from younger teammates, such as Juan Soto."
The Nationals’ success is the mercy of some high-upside inconsistent players - (Beyond the Box Score)
"Looking to 2021, the Nationals still have some monster talent, but the lineup is comprised of all-stars and duds."
Josh Bell, said to be extremely happy with the Nats, is hitting up a storm in spring. 1.344 OPS.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 21, 2021
Yadiel Hernandez may be the story of spring in Nats camp. 33-year-old Cuban is hitting .500 (13 for 26). Fighting to make team.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 21, 2021
NL EAST UPDATES:
J.T. Realmuto Spring Training debut delayed - (MLB.com)
"J.T. Realmuto almost made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday against the Tigers at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Fla."
Mets' David Peterson gets rotation endorsement from Luis Rojas - (NY Post)
"David Peterson’s buildup for the regular season is nearing completion."
Don Mattingly thinks strong spring will carry over - (MLB.com)
"Mattingly, who isn't interested in wins and losses during Spring Training, loves the team’s preparation and the work it has accomplished thus far."
Braves rotation looks to be in much better shape this time around - (AJC.com)
"Unlike 2020, the Braves’ rotation should be doing some carrying rather than being carried."