It’s been a stormy day across the state of Florida, and several of this afternoon’s Grapefruit League games were canceled as a result. The Nationals, though, are scheduled to play this evening at Disney World, and for now the game remains on schedule.
Assuming they’re able to get this one in, Jordan Zimmermann and Julio Teheran will square off for the second time in five days. Zimmermann cruised through his 2-inning spring debut against the Braves on Saturday; tonight he’ll extend himself another inning and again try to keep this potent Atlanta lineup in check.
Matt Williams left most of his regulars behind in Viera, but he’ll want to get a good look at several of the guys starting tonight, especially Danny Espinosa. Espinosa enters this game 0-for-10 on the spring, but he has hit the ball hard on several occasions, has struck out just once and has impressed Williams and the coaching staff with his willingness to hit to the opposite field more.