Nats claw their way to a win in Miami!

The Nationals blew two leads of two runs each then the Nats held on for a 9-to-5 win that just never seemed firm until “The Firm” entered the game.It’s been quite the week for Michael Taylor who had a walk-off double two days ago and got the scoring started with a 2-run home run in his hometown South Florida. As we wrote in the pre-game, Taylor grew up close to Miami and loves playing in Miami and Tampa where his family and friends and can travel to watch him.  Max Scherzer unfortunately gave up 4-runs in this game after Matt Adams gave him another 2-run lead with a centerfield homer for his 12th of the year in part-time play, and Scherzer exited in a 4-to-4 tie. The Nationals then exploded for 3-runs off of the Marlins bullpen, and in the bottom of the 7th inning manager Dave Martinez went through 4 relief pitchers to get 3-outs. Continue reading

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Game #50 Nats first series this season with the Marlins

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The Nationals have not been in Florida since the end of March when the Grapefruit League schedule concluded. We are almost 1/3 of the way through the season, and the Nationals finally have their first of 19-games against the NL East’s Marlins. Continue reading

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The bullpen will be back to 8 men again with Miller!

“The Firm” by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

The roster shuffling will continue as Erick Fedde was already optioned back to Triple-A Syracuse and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Justin Miller will be added to the Nationals roster to take Fedde’s vacated spot.

On the surface, there is no doubt statistically that Miller looks worthy — but — a deeper dive into Miller’s time with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs reveals some serious questions about where Miller was until April 24th and why has he only pitched 9-times in 30 calendar days? He has never pitched in back-to-back games and of his 9 appearances, all but one was with at least 3 days or more between appearances. Maybe the extra rest was needed due to pitch counts since Miller threw most of his appearances working into a second inning of work.

Miller has been incredible for the Sky Chiefs with a 15.15 impressive K/9 and a WHIP that is almost non-existent at 0.44 to go with an ERA that really doesn’t exist at 0.00.  So we ask the question, what happens if you need to pitch Justin Miller in back-to-back days? Continue reading

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Don’t run on the Nationals catchers! If you do — it’s at your own risk!

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The Washington Nationals catchers are blowing away the MLB average for ‘caught stealing’ statistics. As of this morning, MLB catchers have only thrown out 27.96% of attempted base stealers this season. The Nationals catchers have thrown out 44.18% of base stealers. Think about the effect of taking 19 opposing baserunners off the base paths and 19 extra outs. Continue reading

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Into the Night

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On rare days we see the introduction of a brilliant prospect taking the field for the first time.  Juan Soto’s electrifying coming out party on Monday was eagerly awaited albeit earlier than anticipated.  Such great theater is the lifeblood of the sport.  Baseball is always about anticipation.  The next great thing is always seemingly just around the bend.  There are other realities in play, however.  The old Professor teaching Thermodynamics 101 invariably describes the so-called “Steady Flow Open System” with a simple phrase: “When a drop of water enters on one end another surely exits on the other.”  As Soto’s career was launched to bright lights and loud cheering another baseball career surely faded-to-black quietly far from view. Continue reading

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Nats drop a game with a chance to walk-off

There was no 9th inning walk-off magic this time for Michael Taylor who stepped up to the plate runners on the corners and no outs against Padres closer Brad Hand and he struck out Taylor on 3 pitches and the game ended quickly after that on a doubleplay. The Nats lost 3-to-1 and when you look at how the Padres scored their 3-runs you wonder about strategy in those situations. Erick Fedde pitched well but a flyball that should have been caught on the warning track clanked off of Bryce Harper’s glove and cost Fedde and the Nats 2-runs. Continue reading

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Game #49 Season finale with the Padres, Fedde gets the spot start!

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Even with manager Dave Martinez‘s denial last night that he did not know Erick Fedde was pitching today in a spot start, we had heard from a source that Fedde was the guy for today. With the day-off tomorrow, it gives Martinez the option to not go deep with Fedde as all relievers should be available today except for Carlos Torres who was DFA’d to make room for Fedde. Continue reading

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Walk-off MAT wins the game on offense and defense with great pitching!

The Washington Nationals racked up another one-run win in a game where Michael Taylor threw-out a runner at home to keep the game tied at 1-to-1 then in the bottom of the 9th inning cranked a long double off the centerfield wall to send Juan Soto home to walk-off this win by a final score of 2-to-1. Video here. Continue reading

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Game #48 has the #Nats going up against another lefty!

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The Nationals have been seeing a whole lot of lefties lately. Tonight, they are scheduled against Eric Lauer who was the 25th pick of the Padres in 2016 out of Kent State. Lauer’s debut a month ago was not great and righties have been torching him to a 10.13 ERA. The soft-tossing lefty has fared well against lefties. Overall he has an 8.14 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP and he will walk a batter if they work the count and show patience. Continue reading

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Ten thoughts after a crazy week for the #Nats

What a crazy week?

1) The top 3 issues for the Nats right now are: A) Injuries B) Injuries C) Injuries.

2) I was convinced before this week that the Nats will win the division comfortably. I haven’t changed my mind. Of course at this rate of injuries, all bets are off and if we can’t get somewhat healthy, we won’t make the playoffs. Continue reading

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