After a day off following the season opener, the Nationals return to action on Wednesday against the Mets. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez makes his first start of the season while right-hander Bartolo Colon, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, takes the mound for the Nationals. Colon is an ageless wonder, pitching at 40 years old with a 5-foot-11, 285-pound frame.
A fascinating fact: Manager Matt Williams was the Cleveland Indians starting third baseman when Colon made his major league debut at 23 on April 4, 1997. Reminded of that game, Williams laughed.
“I remember even before that,” he said. “My first BP session that year, never being in the American League, went to the Indians and got Jarret Wright, Bartolo Colon and Jose Mesa as my guys who pitched to us live that day. I said, ‘This is going to be a rough year.’ If they all throw like this, I’m in trouble.”
The lineups are here. As always, discuss the game below.