Nats win their 80th behind a gem from Max Scherzer who pitches his 300th strikeout of the season!

While this season for the Washington Nationals will not produce a post-season team, there have been plenty of highlights from the season like we saw tonight in the Nats 80th win of the season in this 9-4 game that featured Max Scherzer‘s 300th strikeout of the season which is a first for a Nationals pitcher as he joins Walter Johnson as the only pitchers in Washington, D.C. baseball history to accomplish that feat. Scherzer reached the 300 strikeout level giving up only 150 hits in the season which is a record for the fewest hits for a 300 K pitcher. Scherzer also racked up his 18th win of the season and with 1 earned run he also lowered his ERA to 2.53. Continue reading

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Game #158 It’s #Scherzday on Tuesday

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The Nationals have Max Scherzer on the mound tonight against the Marlins as Max goes for history to join an elite club of pitchers in the 300 strikeout club for a season. Scherzer has 290 strikeouts in the books right now on the season and needs 10 more tonight to reach 300. If he reaches the 300 K Club, he would be the 17th pitcher to ever do it, and he would join Walter Johnson as the only other Washington baseball pitcher in the club.  Continue reading

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Nats win and most likely will be in 2nd Place tonight!

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For everything that has gone wrong for the Nationals this season, a few things have gone right, and that is a credit to several players who are putting up some monster numbers on the season. For the first time in his career, Bryce Harper has reached the 100 RBI mark in a season, and Juan Soto hit his 21st home run on the season giving him 66 RBIs on the season which is the 4th most ever in a season for a teenager, and that moved Soto past the legend Mickey Mantle. Soto now only trails Phil Cavarretta (82),  Mel Ott  (77), and George Davis (73) on that list. Other players with significant accomplishments tonight were Anthony Rendon who hit his 24th home run which pushed him over the .900 OPS mark while also setting a career high in doubles, and Trea Turner had another multi-hit night which gave him a 12-game hitting streak and a 24-game on-base streak and his 101st run scored. Continue reading

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Game #157 Nationals start their final homestand of 2018

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The Nationals are set to open their final homestand of the 2018 season, and you better hurry it up and get to Nationals Park just in case this is Bryce Harper‘s final games in a Nationals uniform. The superstar outfielder could say goodbye on Wednesday to Nats Park and the fans, and no matter how you feel about Harper, he will leave an indelible mark on Washington, D.C. baseball. Of course, Harper could return to the Nationals for the foreseeable future if the two sides can come to terms. Continue reading

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2019 preview – Anthony Rendon

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The Nationals’ best position player by a wide margin is Anthony Rendon. This is not a subjective opinion — it’s an opinion backed up by independent statistics. TTB has put together the following for 4 years: 6.4, 4.3, 6.7 and 5.5 fWAR (2015 was destroyed by injuries). This is superstar stuff, and it should be the stuff of someone who is on the all-star team every year, but instead Anthony Rendon has never played in the all-star game for 2 reasons: 1) Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant 2) Anthony doesn’t draw attention to himself. Continue reading

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A different way of thinking about a pitching staff!

Could we see the bullpen cart in the first, second, or third innings next year — without panicking? Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

The Tampa Bay Rays won’t make the playoffs. The historic excellence of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the great play of the second-place New York Yankees, has seen to that. But it’s undeniable that the Rays have done something remarkable this year.

Heading into the 2018 season, the Rays were a joke. A team stocked with second-rate talent, which had just traded off its franchise player in Evan Longoria, stuck in a decrepit stadium in St. Petersburg and worst of all, they didn’t even have a real pitching rotation. Continue reading

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Game #156 Juan Soto gets the day-off on a rainy Sunday in D.C.

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Another rainy day in Washington, D.C. today. Where have we heard that before? The 2018 season has had more rain delays in Nats Park than we can count on our fingers. Hopefully Skittles, which is the company that sponsors the Nationals Park tarp, is paying per rain delay because that tarp with the rainbow skittles has been seen too often this season.’

“We’re going to sit a while I’m assuming,” manager Dave Martinez said.

Because this is the last series for these two teams this season, MLB takes over the decision on whether they will postpone the game, and if they did postpone this game it would almost certainly mean the Nationals would not reschedule this game as this game has no post-season implications.
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Austin Voth along with the bullpen combined for a 1-hit shutout; Trea Turner powers the offense!

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The Nationals dominated this game in a 6-0 win behind Austin Voth and the bullpen’s 1-hitter and a 2-run home run by Trea Turner and a 3-run jack from Matt Wieters. This game pushed the Nationals to within a 1/2 game of the Phillies for second place. Continue reading

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Game #155 Nationals start early with a Charity Car Show & Field Day!

Kids Q&A event with Harper and Zimmerman; Photo by Coach Chris Campbell

This morning as the sun rose there was a Classic Car and Hot Rod show organized by Adam Eaton to benefit pediatric cancer on behalf of the Dragonfly Foundation.

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Afterwards, the Washington Nationals held their annual season plan holder event, and as usual the kids event has the top highlights. Continue reading

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One missed call changed the entire complexion of the game!

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This game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets was tied 1-1 in the 3rd inning. Nats starter Joe Ross painted a strike 3 on Jay Bruce — only it was called ball 2, and two pitches later Bruce doubled home the 2nd run of the game for his Mets and then scored in what was a 3-run third inning. The Nationals lost 4-2 to Jacob deGrom who looks to be the apparent frontrunner for the Cy Young. Continue reading

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