Fallout From the Rainout
So I talked to Manny Acta a little while ago as the team's charter train was making its way from New York to Union Station, and he said he didn't even consider skipping Matt Chico in the rotation after the postponement of today's game in New York.
"We're going to see every one of these guys pitch, especially early in the season," Acta said.
So that, once again, bumps everyone back one day, giving an extra day's rest. The matchups for the Atlanta series, then, are Chico against Chuck James on Monday night with Jerome Williams against John Smoltz on Tuesday. The Braves had some shuffling of their rotation, too, because they were rained out on Saturday night, but they shuffled the back end, keeping Tim Hudson on his normal turn Sunday and leaving James and Smoltz where they are now.
That sets up the rotation for the rest of this (short) homestand, with Jason Bergmann opening up the Phillies series and John Patterson making his fourth start of the year in the final game against Philadelphia -- Patterson's third start at home this year.
This is actually a tough stretch of the schedule for the Nationals travel-wise. The team doesn't have a homestand of more than four games until May 11-20, and 21 of 28 games were scheduled for the road (though Sunday's washout knocks that down to 20 of 27).
Okay, hits to the Journal on the weekend are few and far between, so I'll leave some other discussions for later on. No postgame podcast today, obviously, because without a game, you can't have a postgame.
Also, as a heads-up, I'll have my first two off days of the season Monday and Tuesday (though I'll probably head out to the park on Monday afternoon). I'll try to hit you with a few Journal entries during that time, but I'll be fully up and running again on Wednesday, when the struggling Phils arrive.
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