Tonight's series opener between the Nationals and Braves has been postponed due to dangerous storms sweeping through the area, the club just announced. No makeup date has been set, though manager Davey Johnson said he believes it will be played in August during the Braves' next trip to Washington.
Though the forecast looked unfavorable all afternoon, and though tornado warnings were issued in other parts of the region, the Nationals tried to hold out hope the game could be played. Eventually, they realized it wouldn't be possible.
Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start for the Nationals against Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor. Michael Morse was due to make his season debut after coming off the disabled list earlier in the day.
Johnson said Strasburg will now start tomorrow's 4:05 p.m. game, with Gio Gonzalez starting Sunday's 1:35 p.m. series finale. The Braves will skip over Minor's rotation spot and instead go with NL ERA leader Brandon Beachy tomorrow as originally scheduled.
One interesting result of tonight's rainout: If everyone stays on schedule, Strasburg is now lined up to face the Red Sox June 8 at Fenway Park. He would not have pitched in that series otherwise.
Despite the lack of baseball, there was still some history made at Nationals Park. A group of 500 trombone players took the warning track shortly after 6 p.m. and became the largest such group ever to perform in one place at one time.
Nationals (19-8) at Cubs (20-6)
After a successful road trip the Missouri whichs aw the Nationals best the reigning world champion Royals and the always dangerous Cardinals, they must do battle with MLB's best team: The Chicago Cubs.
The Nationals and Cubs are both considered top contenders to win the 2016 World Series, and while that is still months away, their first encounter will provide a small sampling of how the two teams stack up.
On top of that, Ben Revere, who suffered an oblique strain in the first week of the season, is expected to make his return to the roster in Chicago.
First pitch: 8:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, XM 869
Starting pitchers: Nats - Joe Ross vs. Cubs - Kyle Hendricks
CF Michael Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
LF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Joe Ross
CF Dexter Fowler
3B Tommy La Stella
RF Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Ben Zobrist
LF Ryan Kalish
SS Addison Russell
C Tom, Federowicz
RHP Kyle Hendricks
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Stephen Strasburg is off to a strong start with the Washington Nationals as he sets the foundation for how much his next contract will be worth.
That became a point of contention Wednesday night on SportsTalk Live when co-host Rob Carlin brought up the idea that, if Strasburg indeed finishes strong, the Nationals will need to discern whether this is the start of a sustainable uptick in production or the product of a contract year.
Brian Mitchell took exception to that entire notion, saying that it is illogical to think that players play better simply because they are in a contract year.
The argument evolved from there until Carlin couldn't take it anymore -- and walked off the set. Watch the exchange above.
By DAVE SKRETTA
OF Ben Revere (right oblique strain) will join the Nationals in Chicago on Thursday and be evaluated before being activated. He played nine innings in centerfield for Triple-A Syracuse in his fifth rehab game on Tuesday.