The Nationals arrived home from Atlanta late last night, and today Manager Jim Riggleman made a rare concession to his road-weary players: He made batting practice optional. Most players hit outside at the usual time. Jayson Werth, Laynce Nix and Adam LaRoche decided to take the option of not taking batting practice.
The Nationals have faced the Marlins six times already this season, including six days ago in Florida, when Tom Gorzelanny out-pitched Chris Volstad and the Nationals won, 5-2. Gorzelanny, the Nationals consolation prize when they missed out on Zack Greinke, has been perhaps the Nationals’ best starter this season. He has a 2.87 ERA with 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings, both best in the rotation.
The Nationals are trying to get back to .500. Talk about the game right here.