The Nats bounceback to claim this series with 16-runs scored!

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The Nationals offense stepped on the gas pedal and did not let up in this game in which they scored 16-runs on 19-hits which also included eight home runs. The starting outfield trio of Juan Soto, Adam Eaton, and Victor Robles combined for four home runs on six hits. Soto hit his 50th career home run today to join that 50 home run club for players younger than 21 in which there are only three members and the other two are Tony Conigliaro (56) and Mel Ott (61).  Speaking of home runs, every Nats starting position player had a home run except for Yan Gomes and Trea Turner, but don’t feel bad for them as they had multiple hits just like every spot in the lineup except for the pitcher’s spot.  The final score: 16-8 Continue reading

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Game #123 Will the #Nats see the Brewers again this year? Doolittle to the 10-day IL

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After this game, the Nationals have just 39 games remaining, and while this will be the last game the Nationals will face the Brewers within the 162-game regular season, it might not be the last time they see each other this year. After last night’s 14-inning five hour and forty minute marathon, the team is going to have to dig deep. They have shown what they are made of and it is a team game. They lost as a team last night, and today is a new day. Continue reading

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The Nationals came back from 5 down, 3 down, 1 down, 1 down and then fell 1 run short in the 14th

Sometimes the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, and the Nationals once again had a three run lead in the 9th inning like they did eight days ago and five days ago and again tonight and each time Sean Doolittle was brought in to close out the game. In those three games, Doolittle blew two saves and was a run away from another and combined gave up 10 earned runs. Why has manager Dave Martinez followed the same game plan in each game? The last two fastballs that Doolittle threw tonight had diminished velocity at 91 and 90 mph which are well below his season’s average 93.6 mph. Continue reading

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Game #122 It is Anibal Sanchez’s turn to follow the leader!

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For Nationals manager Dave Martinez, he believes in the one game at a time approach which sounds cliché, however it makes sense to focus on the task at hand and not look too far ahead. In the starting rotation, Anibal Sanchez just needs to follow what his teammate Patrick Corbin found to be successful yesterday. The Brewers will pitch the righty Jordan Lyles who the Nats have faced before when he was with the Pirates. Lyles was a July deadline acquisition by the Brewers to beef up their depleted starting rotation that is missing three starters. Continue reading

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Saying “Good to go” should not be enough to pitch Sean Doolittle

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Last night, Nationals’ closer Sean Doolittle was back on the mound — again — and he once again caused Nats fans to reach for Zestril, Maalox, and bourbon after he walked the Brewers lead-off hitter on four pitches — none of which were close while the reigning MVP, Christian Yelich, stood twenty feet away in the on-deck circle. Doo persevered and earned his 28th save in heart thumping style to preserve a 2-1 win for his team. The circuitous road to that 28th save includes five painful blown saves and four excruciating losses, but Doolittle has taken on more work than almost every closer with at least 20 saves except for Josh Hader and Will Smith.  Hader is only 25 years old and Smith is 30 while Doolittle will celebrate his 33rd birthday next month.  Continue reading

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Exceptional pitching and Turner scores 2-runs from Rendon RISP magic!

This was one of those signature wins from the Nats who only had 3-hits and no home runs yet they scored the only two runs they needed to win this one behind some small ball along with some exceptional pitching by starter Patrick Corbin, Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland, and closer Sean Doolittle. The Nationals won this game by a final score of 2-1 which left no margin for error in a game that the Brewers seemed to have runners on-base most of the night — because they did in every inning except the second inning. The Brewers got a 7-inning gem from Adrian Houser, and the Nats won this one off of the Brewers bullpen after Trea Turner worked a lead-off walk then took second base on an Adam Eaton bunt and scored on an Anthony Rendon double much the same way the Nats scored their first run of the game thanks to Turner and Rendon.

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Game #121 Corbin gets the start to this weekend series against the Brewers!

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After a well-deserved Thursday of rest, the Washington Nationals are back to the field today to start a three game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The home team will send Patrick Corbin to the mound, and the visitors have the right-handed Adrian Houser as their starting pitcher. We should find out how the Nationals will line up their rotation if Max Scherzer is ready to come off of the 10-day IL and pitch on this weekend after he was scheduled to pitch a bullpen session yesterday.  Continue reading

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The analysis of the postseason picture for the Washington Nationals

There is no team that has mathematically clinched a playoff spot including the Los Angeles Dodgers who are an absolute lock statistically, and the Atlanta Braves have put themselves in an enviable spot that all they need to do is go 20-20 to win 92 games. The Nationals, in order to win 92 games, would need to go 27-15 which is a tall order given the remaining schedule. If the Braves go 22-18 they would win 94 games, and the Nationals would have to go 29-13 which would seem improbable — but possible if they sweep five more series and play one game over .500 in the rest or sweep the remaining seven games against the Braves. Continue reading

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A 4-inning pitcher’s duel turns into a bloodbath as Nats score 10 in the 5th for the win!

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This game had the look of a classic pitcher’s duel between Stephen Strasburg and Trevor Bauer as they went to the bottom of the fifth inning in a 1-1 game. Both runs were scored without a hit, and this game looked like the next mistake by either team could be the difference in the game. But the bottom of the fifth inning would change everything with one out and Stephen Strasburg up to bat with 2 strikes and runners on third and second base, the former Silver Slugger served a forehand over the second baseman to score one run to make it a 2-1 game as the wheels were about to come off. The Nats then hit a single, Adam Eaton 3-run home run, Anthony Rendon solo home run, single, walk, and finally a pitching change at a 7-1 game. The Nats continued to roll and finished the inning at 11-1 while putting 9 earned runs on Bauer’s ledger in 4 1/3 innings. That 10-run fifth inning set a record for these 2019 Nationals for runs scored in one inning.  Continue reading

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Game #120 Strasburg closes out this series

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How quickly things change in baseball. On Saturday, many Nats fans were on the ledge after two consecutive losses to the Mets and facing reigning Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom this next day with the possibility of being behind the Mets in the Wild Card chase. The Nats beat deGrom’s Mets on that day and now the Nats have won three-in-a-row and six of their last eight games, and the Mets have now dropped two straight. Continue reading

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