The enthusiasm is to be tempered by the forecast of rain at all four games today, as the Chiefs, Senators, and Suns open at home, while the P-Nats visit Wilmington.
|Team||Today’s Game||Pitching Matchup (’16 Stats at Level)|
|TBD vs. Berrios (10-5, 2.51)|
|TBD vs. TBD|
|Reyes (4-8, 5.60) vs.
Griffin (5-10, 6.23)
|Watson (1-1, 4.80) vs.
Julio (4-6, 4.05 @ SS-A)
Now for the annual reminder: These pitchers are not necessarily the team’s #1 starter. They are, within a spot or so, how the Nationals would like the starters to align from Low-A to MLB in the event of promotions or injuries.
The Hagerstown rotation will reportedly be Carlos Acevado, McKenzie Mills, Weston Davis and Carlos Pena. In Syracuse, Taylor Hill starts it off, followed by (for now) Joe Ross*, Jacob Turner, Austin Voth, and A.J. Cole.
* Personally, I’m picturing the Lerners, fretting today’s “Big Nats” game will get postponed, and Mike Rizzo, worrying that it won’t.
In between, it’s a bit of a guessing game. Potomac’s first listed starter is Luis Reyes, and it’s probably a good bet that Matt Crownover, Joan Baez, and Jefry Rodriguez are among the top four, but after that? Like a biker bar or a vegan co-op, it gets hairy: Hector Silvestre, Taylor Guilbeau, Grant Borne, and Dakota Bacus are all candidates. And probably in that order.
Phillips Valdez and Erick Fedde are locks as top two guns for Harrisburg. Austen Williams may not be the No. 3 starter but he’s yet to appear in relief, which leaves a similar musical chairs between Greg Ross, Jaron Long, John Simms, and Gabriel Arias (assuming, which is foolish, that Tyler Mapes is actually hurt) for the last two spots.
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