August 5, lineups for Diamondbacks at Nationals

by Jacob Emert

Max Scherzer’s six innings of three-run ball on Tuesday were enough to give the Nationals a chance down the stretch, and a late rally led by Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos capitalized on it. Jonathan Papelbon notched his second save as a National, and Washington remained one game back in the NL East.


Here is tonight’s preview for game three of the series, which features two of the NL’s best starters since the All-Star break. Below are the starting lineups, accompanied by each starter’s wRC+, or weighted runs created with the player’s home environment factored in. 100 is average for all position players, so the higher above 100 the player is, the more runs he has created. A number below 100 means that player is below league average in this regard.

Washington Nationals (55-50)

Yunel Escobar – 3B (121)

Anthony Rendon – 2B (105)

Bryce Harper – RF (205; No. 1 in MLB)

Ryan Zimmerman – 1B (75)

Jayson Werth – LF (58)

Danny Espinosa – SS (100)

Jose Lobaton – C (70)

Michael Taylor – CF (77)

Gio Gonzalez – LHP (8-4, 3.75 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks (51-54)

Ender Inciarte – LF (88)

A.J. Pollock – CF (122)

Paul Goldschmidt – 1B (173)

Welington Castillo – C (118)

Aaron Hill – 3B (64)

Yasmany Tomas – RF (104)

Chris Owings – 2B (53)

Nick Ahmed – SS (70)

Rubby De La Rosa – RHP (8-5, 4.59 ERA)




1 Comment

Truth be told, the only reason that Ian Desmond remains on the active squad in the line up so much is that he is the favorite of the female Lerner family member who runs the charity local National Baseball Academy. Its almost as if the Lerner family was beginning to channel Dan Snyder’s bad habits. This is not a good way to go. It is very disturbing. Ian Desmond needs to be sent down to the Minors where he can work out his mental and physical problems, if that is possible. With the Nats now falling 2 games behind the Mets, the last thing you need is a rally killer like Desmond in the line up. That much is obvious, or you would think it would be.

Harold G. Pavel

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