Today’s Nationals lineup a possible opening day preview

The Nationals are employing a likely opening day preview with their lineup today. With Roger Bernadina back with the team after attending his grandfather’s funeral in Curacao, Manager Davey Johnson still put Jayson Werth in center field, with Mark DeRosa and Xavier Nady on the corners.

Like we’ve been saying all winter, DeRosa and Nady couldcomprise two-thirds of Washington’s outfield.

With Rick Ankiel questionable for opening day with left quadriceps tightness, this is how the Nationals could open Thursday in Chicago, with Stephen Strasburg substituted for today’s starter, Gio Gonzalez:

1. Ian Desmond, SS

2. Danny Espinosa, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Jayson Werth, CF

5. Mark DeRosa, LF

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Xavier Nady, RF

8. Wilson Ramos, C

9. Gio Gonzalez, SP

With DeRosa playing such an important role suddenly, Boz offers this take on him and Brad Lidge, two smart veterans playing larger roles than originally envisioned.

And Sheinin looks across the league and sees a shift in power.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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