You never know what you will learn from a sit-down with a player. Andrew Stevenson (Potomac High-A) is just 21 years old, and he had a lot to say about defense, offense, baserunning, his alma mater LSU and his equipment sponsor Marucci Sports. Stevenson along with Blake Perkins were the Washington Nationals 2nd round picks last year as the Nats had no 1st round pick which they had to forfeit when they signed Max Scherzer as a free agent in the off-season last year. Continue reading
The Nats might have lost the shutout but they won each game in the series for the 1st sweep of the Cardinals in Nats history. The Cardinals entered the series with a 12-10 record and now the Nats knocked them below .500 with a 12-13 record.
The Nationals improve to 17-7 behind Ace pitching from Max Scherzer who was locked in a pitchers duel with Carlos Martinez who had a 3-o record and pitching great until Lobaton got a bloop opposite field hit and Scherzer bunted him to 2nd and Matt den Dekker singled him home. Continue reading
UPDATED: Wilson Ramos is back, but there has not been a line-up change. There has been a roster change as Pedro Severino was sent back to Syracuse Triple-A.
The Nats go for a sweep of the Cardinals today (and sweeping the Cardinals at Busch stadium is something they apparently have never done in Nats history. The Nats, with already winning the series, has done that for the first time in 9 years in St. Louis. Game time is 2:15pm, and the weather forecast has improved.
Max Scherzer is on the mound for the Nats, and during Saturday’s broadcast he was quoted as saying he has figured out what he was doing wrong. So lets hope he is right and the brooms can come out after today’s game.
The Cardinals have Carlos Martinez pitching today, and has been one of their best pitchers over the last year.
We have some quotes from Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny that are very complimentary to the Nationals:
“The Nats are athletic. You see a team with big power, and you look just at that starting pitching. We already faced Strasburg and then a Ross who was extremely good, and we have Scherzer today. You are going to have your hands full with the starters and the bullpen is good. You have an offense with an MVP right in the middle of it, and guys who are supporting him that are all capable of causing big damage. They are just a well rounded club. Dusty is communicating well with them as far as what the expectation is. They are playing well. We had a chance to do a little bit against Strasburg [and didn’t], and Ross had us on our heels all day.”
It would seem that Joe Ross really impressed Mike Matheny.
If you have been watching Nationals baseball for a while, you have seen Trea Turner (Top Prospect #2), Wilmer Difo (Top Prospect #6), A.J. Cole (Top Prospect #7), and Pedro Severino (Top Prospect #7) in regular season games for the Washington Nationals.
In early April, Joe Seamhead wrote an excellent scouting report on Victor Robles (Top Prospect #3), and Talk Nats has written many times about Trea Turner. Continue reading
The Washington Nationals go from a point where they couldn’t hit water from a boat to a point where their RISP efficiency today was a nice 3-6 to secure the 6-1 win.
This is the fist series win in St. Louis in 9 years. Of course, Dusty Baker‘s goal is to sweep this series. The Nationals improve to 16-7 and have confidence as the starting pitching continues to be fantastic and the hitting was timely.
The stars of the game were Joe Ross who went 6 innings giving up 1 run, and his first 4 innings were electric with Werth as the offensive star. Sammy Solis had a very good inning of work and earned a Hold since it was only a 3 run lead at that point and he had to work around an error to do it. Felipe Rivero and Shawn Kelley finished off the game with dominance.
Jayson Werth with the hit of the game hitting a 3 run HR to cap a 4 run 1st inning and later had a Sacrifice Fly. Anthony Rendon with 2 hits, and Daniel Murphy with 2 key hits.
Starting pitcher Joe Ross returns from his blister issue on his throwing hand, and the Nats await Wilson Ramos to return from his bereavement leave in Venezuela. Ben Revere edges closer to his return from the DL, and the calendar is close to turning to May which has the day of May
29th 31st circled with the notation TVT day as Danny Espinosa says “not so fast” as he tries to show his manager he is poised to get above Mendoza and make a positive impact on this team. Espinosa got the Nats the GW RBIs last night on his 1st home run of the season. Continue reading
Michael Taylor and Danny Espinosa power the Nats to a victory. Forget Strasburg’s 1st inning because he pitched a gem in his next 6 innings.
Defense backed up Strasburg after the 1st inning and Jonathan Papelbon pulls the string again on inducing a nifty 4-6-3 doubleplay to get out of a jam.
Every Nats position player got on base via a hit or a walk. The Nats were efficient in scoring runs and were 1-2 in RISP hitting.
One of the big plays of the game was an apparent stolen base by Anthony Rendon where he was called out and Dusty Baker challenged the call and won on appeal. Ryan Zimmerman earned a walk and with men on 2nd and 1st, Daniel Murphy knocked in Rendon, and Ryan Zimmerman with key baserunning advanced to 3rd. On a Sacrifice Fly by Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman scored.
This will be a most interesting showdown of starters today with Stephen Strasburg facing off against childhood teammate Mike Leake in an 8:15pm start time in St. Louis. They faced each other last on May 19, 2014 but neither were pitcher’s of record in a marathon game that went 15 innings.
We once wrote about their relationship as teammates on a San Diego travel team and Leake in an interview had unflattering remarks about Strasburg as an 11 year old teammate. Continue reading
Ben Revere started his rehab assignment on Thursday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, and Revere made an immediate impact in the game going 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Revere batted lead-off with Trea Turner in the 2-hole. Brian Goodwin in the game went 1-2 with 2 walks. A.J. Cole pitched 6 innings of shutout baseball yielding 3 hits against the Pawtucket Paw Sox.
Here is an add-on to this story from Kevin Brown of the Syracuse Chiefs who did a recap for us from what he saw last night and insight from pitching coach Bob Milacki:
“Ben Revere looked good. Swung the bat aggressively against a tough lefty Eduardo Rodriguez who is on his own rehab assignment form the Red Sox.
Revere put in 5 innings last night and got 3 at-bats.
A.J. Cole located much better last night. His changeup was good and he had better “angle” on his delivery and fastball according to pitching coach Bob Milacki.
Trea Turner made an error last night (3rd of the season), but it was on a bit of a tough play, and he recovered nicely. the range and the arm strength on that play (see video) to nab Chris Marrero were superlative. He’s looked steadier at shortstop this year for sure. I think he’ll continue to improve.”
There is nothing to add to what has been said the past 2 nights. It’s impossible to win a baseball game you don’t score in unless the other team forfeits. There was no surrender from these Phillies.
Great starting pitching from Tanner Roark with good defense behind him and in front of him as Pedro Severino did a fine job of catching.
The Nats head to St. Louis with an offense that is now scoreless in 22 straight innings.