The Nationals are back home at last, refreshed after a West Coast swing and ready to enjoy a week-long homestand against the Mets and Reds.
It begins tonight with Tanner Roark on the mound against left-hander Jonathan Niese. Roark is coming off a fantastic start in Oakland — it ended in no-decision after Rafael Soriano blew the save in the ninth — and he’ll be facing a Mets lineup he’s had success against before. This is Roark’s fourth career appearance against New York; he’s 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA, including a gutsy win at Citi Field during the season’s first week after Jordan Zimmermann was scratched with the flu.
The Nationals have a new face on their bench — veteran Greg Dobbs, who was officially added to the big-league roster today in place of third catcher Sandy Leon — but against the left-handed Niese, Matt Willams is going with a bunch of right-handed hitters tonight. That includes Scott Hairston in left field and Tyler Moore at first base.