Let the heavens rejoice and fans around the world sing praise, baseball has finally arrived. Like any team, the 2021 Washington Nationals are looking forward to their home opener series vs the New York Mets.
Washington is set to face off against the new-look Mets, which have plenty of new faces. Francisco Lindor has been the added cornerstone piece New York hasn’t had on offense since Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets even have a new owner with the likes of Steve Cohen, who became the franchise’s majority owner. Yes, this series is interesting from both sides and the talent is abundant.
2021 Washington Nationals: Injury Report
Nationals: Starlin Castro (3B), is considered day to day, with mild strain on his left hamstring.
Juan Soto (OF), (calf), manager Dave Martinez said he will be given two days off “to make sure things are right.”
Will Harris (RP), received another opinion on the arm that determined he didn’t have a blood clot, nor is he suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome. My goodness, I really hope they get with him, how challenging that must be to have two opinions completely apart from one another.
Aaron Barrett (RP), (knee), was assigned to minor league camp Saturday.
Welington Castillo (Catcher), (shoulder), was assigned to minor league camp Saturday.
Mets: Seth Lugo (RP), Lugo (elbow) hasn’t resumed throwing but treatment is going well.
Jonathan Villar (2B), Day to Day.
The Tale of the Offenses
The 2021 Washington Nationals are showing off their respective power that they are hoping to carry their season in terms of offense. At the forefront you have, I’m just going to go ahead and say it, the best hitter in baseball, Juan Soto. Everything from power to solid contact, the guy can give you on any given day.
Is it possible to have a more powerful hitter on your squad than Soto? Yes, it is, fresh from the woeful Pirates, Josh Bell is primed to be one of the best power hitters in baseball. The switch-hitting first baseman is having himself an impressive spring and looking to carry it on over to the regular season. Aside from power, the Nats can hold their own on contact hitting as well. The speedy Trea Turner and lead-off hitter Victor Robles provide amazing strength early in the lineup to complement the power of this Washington Nationals roster.
The Mets on offense are certainly nothing to sneeze over with the always amazing Lindor likely to be hitting in the third spot in that heart of the order. Coming off a solid 2020 MLB season, Lindor is primed to be the star of the show in New York hoping to bring some life to the offense alongside first baseman, Pete Alonso. The rookie sensation in 2019, Alonso is a tremendous power threat in the cleanup spot. However, his overall offensive game needs obvious improvement in the coming years.
Looking beyond the stars, we have one of the more underrated players in the league in JD Davis. The versatile ballplayer has shown his power along with his contact ability in the past years and complements the two previously mentioned stars very nicely I might add.
Matchups on the Mound
There will be a familiar face on the mound for the 2021 Washington Nationals. Max Scherzer will be making his sixth assignment on April 1st. He’ll face off against the opposing familiar face in Jacob DeGrom, in what’ll be one of the better pitching matchups you’ll see on opening day.
Scherzer has had a very productive spring and he’s working down to the wire. His fastball got up to vintage Scherzer speed of 97 mph, with great command on the majority of his pitches. DeGrom can say the same, he’s won three games this spring while carrying a sub-one ERA. I’m really excited to see how this matchup plays out, two hardcore veterans set to battle on the bump.
Projected Starting Rosters
2021 New York Mets:
James McCann, C
Pete Alonso, 1B
Jeff McNeil, 2B
Francisco Lindor, SS
JD. Davis, 3B
Dominic Smith, LF
Brandon Nimmo, CF
Michael Conforto, RF
Jacob DeGrom, SP
2021 Washington Nationals:
Yan Gomes, C
Josh Bell, 1B
Josh Harrison, 2B
Trea Turner, SS
Starlin Castro, 3B
Kyle Schwarber, LF
Victor Robles, CF
Juan Soto, RF
Max Scherzer, SP
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