Game #16 Strasburg takes the mound if Mother Nature cooperates

Welcome to Jackie Robinson day. On this day, all players will wear jersey #42 to honor Jackie Robinson and his legacy. Today is the scheduled finale of this series with the Colorado Rockies. Weather reports have temperatures falling into the 50°s with precipitation rolling into the region. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound if Mother Nature cooperates. Per Capital Weather Gang, it will be lighter rain until tonight when the heavier rains come into the Washington, D.C. area. Continue reading

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Max Scherzer to the rescue with his arm, bat, legs and enthusiasm!

Matt Wieters with Max Scherzer; Photo by @MomWithNatitude for TalkNats

For the second time in this early season, Max Scherzer had to be the stopper and end a long losing streak. It did not start pretty, but this game was the picture of perseverance from Max Scherzer and his battery-mate Matt Wieters (home run, single, 2 RBI) who got the team going. There was a renewed Bryce Harper today along with Moises Sierra putting the exclamation point on the final scoring in the 4-run 6th inning. Continue reading

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Game #15 A winning streak always starts with the first win

The last time Max Scherzer was listed as the starting pitcher, the Nationals were deep in a 5-game losing streak. Like the great stoppers, Scherzer threw an absolute gem in a complete game shutout to secure the much needed win for the Nationals who are now embroiled in another losing streak. This skid is at 3-games. Continue reading

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#Nats woes on offense continue in 2-1 loss

The Nationals went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and had their chances with bases loaded and 1 out with Bryce Harper up who could only muster a sacrifice fly to score the only run for the Washington Nationals in this 2-to-1 loss extending the Nats losses of 8 of their last 10 games. Continue reading

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Game #14 Nats need to find that explosive offense

The past few days it has been Bryce Harper who has been playing in a funk. He struck out three times yesterday chasing off-speed pitches below the zone and in the dirt. Harper is 2-for-his-last-14 and he has not had an extra base hit since April 8th. As we saw with Harper after the first Cubs series of 2016 when Ryan Zimmerman was slumping, teams were pitching around Harper and that quickly put Harper into a tailspin as he expanded the zone and was swinging at balls outside the zone. Harper wants to swing the bat, and in order to do that he might need protection in the batting order.

After last night’s game, Harper could be seen chirping at the umpire about a called strike earlier in an at-bat. The last thing the Nationals need is a slumping Bryce Harper who started the season en fuego. Harper was batting over .400 and the Washington Post marveled at his new sense of calm — well today Harp enters play batting .286.  We felt that this could happen to Harper because history has a strange way of repeating itself — and the Nats can’t afford that now as they play without Adam Eaton and Daniel Murphy. Continue reading

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Relying on Spring Training results can be detrimental to your wealth

The Nationals recent call-up of Moises Sierra from AAA ball is not the kind of transaction that stops Baseball Twitter in its tracks. Sierra, a corner outfielder with some power, has been a professional ballplayer for years — from his 17-year-old self in 2006 to his big league debut in 2012 with the Blue Jays, to the White Sox, to the Chicago farm system, to the Royals, to Miami, and now here in Washington. His career year came in 2013, when he posted a very respectable .827 OPS in 122 plate appearances for Toronto. For his big-league career, he’s a .675 OPS player worth -0.3 bWAR. He will get a chance with the Nationals, and we will see what comes of it. Continue reading

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Game #13 Nats open 4-game series against the Rockies

Series against the Rockies

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The Nationals open their fifth series of the season today, and their opponent this time is the Rockies of Colorado. For the Rockies, their game had lots of drama with an early game brawl that had multiple ejections. The Rockies will have multiple suspensions looming, but if they appeal their suspensions. Players like Nolan Arenado should be able to play during this 4-game series in Washington under an appeal of what should be a lengthy suspension. When the Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez was ejected in the brawl to start the 4th inning, the Rockies had to cover 6 innings with their relievers. The Nationals had to cover 6 2/3 innings yesterday with their relievers in their 12 inning marathon. Both teams will be a little short in their bullpens. Continue reading

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Early April In Baseball

April Baseball

Trea Turner wears his stagecoach robber’s bandana to stay warm; Photo by Patrick McDermott for Getty Images https://www.gettyimages.com/license/944615126

For all the romance and emotional hope attached to it, spring should have better manners.  After a winter of darkness and cold the anticipation was for warm sunshine and gentle breezes.  But, with all the gangly awkwardness of a teen on Prom Night in oversized borrowed shoes and too much eye makeup — out she comes to outward grins and inward groans.  The saving grace being that better is assuredly coming soon.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, spring is the proverbial “Hot Mess.” Oh, and so is the baseball they play in it. Continue reading

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A lot of fight in these #Nats in extra innings loss; Balls didn’t bounce their way.

Photo by LEGnats for TalkNats

The Nationals lost in twelve innings 5-to-3 but came back twice in this game. It was Matt Adams home run with one out in the 9th inning that tied the game and sent it to extra innings, and Howie Kendrick hit a double in the 11th inning when the Nats were down one run to tie the game again. The Braves had not one blown save in the game — but two blown saves. Unfortunately, the Nationals could not make a third comeback in the 12th inning when Ryan Madson gave up the final two runs in the game. Continue reading

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Game #12 A.J. Cole gets the finale against his nemisis

Cole is the starter

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Last week, Nationals manager Dave Martinez promised that A.J. Cole would get another start this week and true to his word, Cole is the starter in this early afternoon finale against the Braves.  In Cole’s career he has a 2.65 ERA against the Mets, 3.13 against the Phillies, 5.56 against the Marlins, and a jaw-dropping bloated 19.96 ERA against the Atlanta Braves in 3 games. The Braves have been Cole’s kryptonite, and they stack the lefties against him. Maybe this is a lesson of, if you don’t succeed — try, try again. Continue reading

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