#Nats lose Adam Eaton to an apparent leg injury; Lose game 7-5

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Adam Eaton ran out an infield tapper and as he hit the bag he tumbled to the ground. Eaton exited the game and was carried off of the field. The Nationals had bases loaded and no outs in the 9th inning and could not score.

At the post-game presser, Dusty Baker said Eaton will get an MRI tomorrow and he had no information at this time on what part of the leg Adam hurt.

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Game #23 The #Nats are back home; Mets in town for weekend series

The boys are back in town as the lyrics read. The Nationals return home after a 9-1 road trip that was the most successful in Nationals history. Dusty Baker like the fictional Gordon Gekko wanted to go for it all. “Greed captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit” — Gekko said in the movie Wall Street. Why not be greedy and think about a 10-0 road trip? Dusty always wants the perfect road trip. Dusty came as close as you can come to 10-0.

“Every road trip I always think about having the perfect road trip,” Dusty Baker said. “Thinking about 10-0. I say that to myself all the time. I don’t know if we’ve ever had one, but that’s what you yearn for.”

Managers can generally be greedy, but not when it comes to resting your players. The Mets did not put Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list a week ago with a sore hamstring like the Nationals did with Trea Turner earlier in the month. Those non-moves usually come back to bite you, and sure enough Cespedes pulled his left hamstring when he wasn’t even running hard in their game yesterday.  Cespedes was officially placed on the 10-day DL this afternoon. Continue reading

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Half St. and other #Nats fans invaded Coors Field for an historic series!

My brother Tom met me in St. Louis three years ago to celebrate my 50th birthday, and I was almost two years late in choosing a city in which we were going to celebrate his 50th. We had almost settled on Montreal, when he pointed out that we always see a baseball game when we get together. I happily looked to see which teams were in town this week, and saw that not only were the Rockies playing in Denver, but the Nats were their opponent! Having established the no-brainer solution, we agreed he would fly from Detroit and meet me in the Mile High City. Here are my impressions of Coors Field from our trip there for Wednesday’s Nats victory. Continue reading

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What is so different about this 2017 line-up? #Nats take top spot in MLB Power Rankings!

Ryan Zimmerman from the @Nationals Twitter

In the most recent MLB Power Rankings on Tuesday morning after the Nationals were just beat the night before by the Rockies, the Nats were ranked #1 in the MLB rankings of best teams. How could that be with the beleaguered bullpen? As a matter of fact, here is the USA Today rankings and the Sports Illustrated rankings. They all have the Nats. The bandwagon has loaded up for the Nats!

Evidently, the fans are worried more than the evaluators. Those rankings by MLB.com were also done before the Nationals scored 42 runs combined on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Nationals starting pitchers are identical to last years with Max Scherzer, Tanner Roark, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Joe Ross. Much of the bullpen is the same with Oliver Perez, Blake Treinen, Shawn Kelley, Sammy Solis, and Koda Glover. Even the bench looks the same except for Adam Lind. Continue reading

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The Nationals take a happy flight back to D.C. on the wings of a 9-1 road trip!

Thr Nationals scored 16 runs in this game, but it wasn’t a laugher in the bottom of the 6th inning when the score was 4-2 in favor of the Nationals.

In winning this game, the Nationals set their best mark for a 10 game road trip going 9-1, and the only loss was to these Rockies in the first game of the series. The Rockies entered Tuesday’s game with the best record in the National League, and the Nationals grabbed back the best record with winning the last 3 games from the Rockies. The Nationals 11 run 7th inning was their highest scoring inning in their history. The Nationals 16-6 start to the season is the best in Washington D.C. baseball history since 1932. Continue reading

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Game #22 The last game of this road trip; Gio gets the finale in an Au Revoir to Denver;

This 10-day east coast to Colorado road trip with a sleep deprivation-type of scheduling of game times is over for now. Gio Gonzalez is on the mound today, and since he speaks some French now, we say in his honor our au revoir to Denver after this game. The awful weather that looked like a scene from a Denver Broncos winter football game will be in the past. The next western swings for the Nats will be part of 3 separate trips in warmer weather at the end of May through June 7th and then again July 18th to July 23rd , and finishing up with a San Diego trip on August 17th to the 20th. The Rockies hope the Nats will be back this year which would signify that they made the post-season as this is the final regular season game for the Nationals in Colorado.

Dusty Baker will be sitting the struggling Anthony Rendon, and also the red-hot Ryan Zimmerman in a wise move to keep him rested and ready. The Nationals also reinstated Stephen Strasburg back from the paternity list and optioned Matt Grace back to Triple-A Syracuse. Continue reading

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Blake Perkins pulled off the rare walk-off in both ends of a doubleheader!

Blake Perkins (#2) mobbed at home plate after launching game-winning, three-run homer in the opening game of Sunday’s doubleheader with Delmarva. (Photo courtesy: Patrick Cavey)

If you followed what happened Sunday at the Hagerstown Suns doubleheader, you know that Blake Perkins had a walk-off 3-run home run in the first game of their doubleheader, and a walk-off single in the second game of the doubleheader. That is a rare feat at any level, and it was Perkins’ first walk-offs he has had at any level.

In the 2015 amateur draft, the Nationals chose two speedy and athletic center fielders in the 2nd round. One was Andrew Stevenson out of LSU and the other was Blake Perkins out of Verrado High School near Glendale, Arizona. The curious part to many Nationals fans is how Blake Perkins went from a right-handed hitter to a switch-hitter as an 18-year-old who only batted lefty one game as part of a high school pact among teammates that they would all bat lefty in their final game. Continue reading

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5 Guys Boomers & Long Flies! #Nats

The Washington Nationals just lengthened their lead in the NL East as the first 5 batters in the Nationals batting order fattened their stats, and Trea Turner finished a triple shy of another cycle. Bryce Harper was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk, and Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy have stayed hot.

The Nationals’ 7 game winning streak ended on Monday, and a new streak could have started with 2 in a row. Tomorrow’s afternoon game will determine if this 4-game series was won by the Nats or split as they are up 2-1 now.

Tanner Roark threw 104 pitches over 5 innings. He struggled in a 41-pitch 5th inning and Dusty Baker let him keep pitching even after three straight walks which led to 2 runs scored.

With the Astros loss tonight, the Nationals own the best record in baseball as they improve to 15-6 on the season.  The Nationals have also bested their record from a year ago when they were 14-7 after 21 games played.

“I love speed,” Dusty Baker said. “Speed that can hit is really speed. Speed that can’t hit is just speed. I like to hit first then show you speed.”

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Game #21 Tanner Roark needs to get the #Nats starters back to winning ways!

Tonight is the 3rd game of the four game series with the Colorado Rockies. The Washington Nationals own the best record in the NL and tied with Houston for the best record in the MLB. Tanner Roark will start for the Nationals against the Rockies’ right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

The Nationals place Koda Glover on the 10-day DL with a hip impingement, and have recalled lefty Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse.

The weather has a slight chance of rain with the temperature in the high 50°’s and the temperature will fall into the 40°’s at nightfall. There will be a slight breeze that will make it feel slightly colder.

Here are the Nationals offensive stats against Tyler Chatwood:

Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies
Stadium: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205
1st Pitch:  8:40 pm EDT

Line-ups  (subject to change without notice):

  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Trea Turner SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy 2B
  6. Anthony Rendon 3B
  7. Jayson Werth LF
  8. Jose Lobaton C
  9. Tanner Roark RHP
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What can’t Trea Turner do?

Family photo courtesy of Mark Turner. Trea at 12 years old with the West Boynton Bandits travel team pictured with his mom Donna.

“There’s Only One Thing In Life You Can Control: Your Own Effort,” said Mark Cuban the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank star.

See it and weep we would say to every coach, scout, evaluator, and analyst who missed how truly special Trea Turner was and is. Too often, they judge a book by its cover and miss the content of what’s inside. An undersized skinny kid was almost always judged by his physical appearance in sports. At barely 5 feet tall, Trea Turner was a 14-year-old freshman at Park Vista High School in Palm Beach County, Florida, and fortunately for Trea he had a head coach, Larry Greenstein, who believed in him then. Turner’s family always believed in him, and Trea always believed in himself. That was his foundation based on belief.

There were no big-time colleges calling, and if it wasn’t for Greenstein, Turner would have gone undrafted in 2011. Rolando “Roly” Pino was the only scout who visited Trea in High School and that came at Greenstein’s request. Elliott Avent, Trea’s college coach at North Carolina State, signed him after a call-in favor.  Trea didn’t sign with the Pirates out of high school as they weren’t offering much as a 20th round pick. At the very least, Trea would have a great education if baseball at NC State did not work out, and it was at NC State where Trea met his college sweetheart Kristen Harabedian and everything seemed to come together in life, love, and baseball. Turner was going to be a winner if he never played baseball because failure is not an option he knows. Perseverance and defying what the detractors say has been something he had to do since he was a kid whenever they told him “no” which was too often. Continue reading

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