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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Pitch Talks Coming to DC on May 1

Pitch Talks is a live speaker series on baseball, bringing together real fans, and some of the brightest minds in baseball for Q&A events in bars & rock clubs around many MLB cities.

The Washington, D.C. event will be on the next off-day on May 1st at 6pm at the Howard Theatre – a short walk from the Shaw/Howard U-Street Metro Station. Valet parking is also available. The event is sponsored by Homestand Sports which you can check out on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube: Continue reading

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A football game broke out in Denver; Nats win 15-12; Trea Cycle!!!!

Colorado has become the city of pitching horrors. On this night the Rockies pitching was worse, and the Nats took back the best record in the Nationals League from the Rockies. Trea Turner had one of the single best offensive games in Nationals’ history hitting for the cycle with 7 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Daniel Murphy had 3 hits and 5 RBIs. In the end, the Nationals held on to win 15-12.

The game was played in winter-like conditions with temperatures in the 40°’s at first pitch as the game was delayed due to rain. The real temperature on the last pitch was 36°F with swirling winds to give a wind-chill factor to feel like 28°F. There was no snow luckily but they could have some overnight. Continue reading

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Game #20 Joe Ross gets the start tonight in Denver

Ian Desmond hugs it out with the Nats; Photo by Conatsguy

The Nationals had not lost a first game of a series this year until last night. The Nationals are also 0-1 in games not started by Bryce Harper. That’s the bad news. The good news is the Nationals can grab back their National League supremacy with a win tonight over the Rockies, and Bryce Harper will be starting tonight behind Joe Ross.

The Rockies have called up German (pronounced Hair•mon) Marquez who is filling in for the injured Jon Gray. Marquez is a right-handed hard-throwing 4-seam fastball pitcher who also relies on his curveball and the occasional changeup. Marquez sits at 94mph on average for his fastball and will reachback for 97. When batters can waste the curveball to get back to the fastball, you can beat Marquez as he will miss his spots and make mistakes. There are no current Nationals who have faced Marquez before but Derek Norris who was with the Nationals in Spring Training was batting 1.000 against him with a walk, and that means absolutely nothing except as a piece of random trivia. Okay, then. Continue reading

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And they’re back! First 18-gamer of 2017 #Nats

My 18-game posts have a long and sordid history.  For those who are new to this rodeo, check out the first few paragraphs of last year’s first 18-gamer for an explanation of what these posts are all about.  And for links to previous 18-gamers, click here.

Last year, the Nats started hot — 14-4 after the first 18 games. This year, with a big assist from sweeps of the Braves and the Mets in the last week of the set, we’re 13-5 and led the NL East by three games over the Marlins.  A great way to start the season to be sure.   Average just 10-8 in each of the remaining 18-game sets and we’ve got 93 wins and a likely playoff berth, if not an NL East crown.  But that’s a long way off.  So let’s take a closer look at a very promising start to the season. Continue reading

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Jacob Turner did his job; Nats take lead; Bullpen gives it back

All good things must come to an end. The Nationals winning streak ends at 7 in a row. The Nationals got 6 solid innings from Jacob Turner, and he left the game with a 4-3 lead. Dusty Baker turned to Enny Romero for the 7th inning and he gave up a 2-run home run to surrender the lead, and Blake Treinen gave up  3 more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Treinen never looked comfortable and was not finishing some of his pitches. He was lifted for Matt Albers who recorded the final two outs of the 8th inning. Unfortunately on this night, the Nats could not mount one of their exciting comebacks, but they sure tried. The Nats lost 8-4. Continue reading

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Game #19 Nationals in Colorado to begin a 4 game series; Harper named NLPotW

The three hottest teams in the Majors are the Nationals, Rockies and Astros. The top two teams in the National League face-off tonight for the first game of a four game series in Colorado.

Bryce Harper was named the NL Player of the Week, and that is no surprise. Coincidentally, Dusty Baker is giving Bryce his first rest day of the season tonight.

Tonight is the 19th game of the season, and the first game of the season that the Nationals will face a lefty starting pitcher. The Rockies start Tyler Anderson, and there are not any Nats who have faced Anderson in the past. The Nats start Jacob Turner who will be taking Stephen Strasburg‘s spot as Stras is on the paternity leave list and heads back home for the birth of his second child with his wife Rachel. Continue reading

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A pair of walk-offs by Blake Perkins; The Hagerstown Suns is loaded with top prospects!

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)

The Hagerstown Suns were the venue for walk-off city on Sunday! Blake Perkins had the walk-off hits in both games of the doubleheader, and Perkins had never had a pro walk-off before! In the first game of the doubleheader, Perkins crushed a 3-run HR for the walk-off, and in the second game hit the walk-off single. Perkins is a natural right-handed batter, and when Mike Rizzo drafted Perkins in the 2nd round with Andrew Stevenson in 2015, they kept the young Perkins back in Florida to work on becoming a switch-hitter. Perkins had hits from both sides of the plate on Sunday going 4-8, and the home run was hit left-handed. Continue reading

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Nats sweep division rival Mets; Happy flight–Onward to Colorado!

Photo by Kevin Nibley for TalkNats; Ryan Zimmerman 2-run HR

The Washington Nationals went sweep-mode on their division rival New York Mets. The Nationals improved to an MLB best 13-5 record and increased their winning streak to 7 straight games. Max Scherzer went a full 8 innings and took the win while improving to a 3-1 record on the season. Daniel Murphy provided all the runs the Nats needed with a first inning grand slam (video), and Ryan Zimmerman added some extra insurance to make the final score 6-3. Koda Glover earned his 2nd save of the season in a clean 1-2-3 for him after he inherited a runner as Oliver Perez gave up a single to Jay Bruce to start the 9th inning.

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