When the Nationals last appeared on South Capitol Street, they were trudging off the field following a heartbreaking loss to the Giants, in which Rafael Soriano blew a 2-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning. They then embarked on an eventful, 10-day road trip through Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, one that produced a 6-4 record and leaves this team with a .500 record overall.
Tonight, the Nats return home to begin a 19-game stretch against the bottom three teams in the NL East: the Marlins, Mets and Phillies. If ever they’ve got a big run in them, now is the time to do it. The homestand begins with Ross Ohlendorf on the mound, primed to throw more than the 91 pitches he tossed in his first start back from the DL.
Davey Johnson has his regular lineup penciled in tonight, including Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond (all of whom have been dealing with nagging injuries). They’ll go up against right-hander Nate Eovaldi.