The rollercoaster of ineptitude ends in a 4-game sweep!

The Nationals lost their third consecutive game in the bullpen and move to 12-games under .500 with this loss after this 4-game sweep in New York. The last time in Nationals history that this team was exactly 12-games under .500 was on August 6th of 2010. That is how far back in the Nats time capsule you must look to find ineptitude of this proportion, but that team had a payroll below $80 million and the losing was expected.  This is a $200 million team that was built to win the NL East yet has a bullpen that has built a reputation on crumbling under pressure.

The ways they find to lose baffles the mind. The Nationals out-hit the Mets 13-7, and wasted a very nice 7.0 inning start from Stephen Strasburg where he surrendered two earned runs. Now it is the Mets who are reeling from injuries, and yet the Nats bullpen struggled against a bunch of players who were recently called up from the minors. No Cano, Conforto, Nimmo or McNeil. That is four lefties missing in action. Continue reading

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Game #50 Nats try to salvage a win in a 4-game series disaster!

This afternoon is the finale to this four-game series in Citifield that has been disastrous in results. The last two games were lost in the bullpen, and today the Nationals try to salvage a win before their trip back to Washington, D.C. The Nats will either escape from New York 10-games under .500 or 12-games under .500. That is how bad things are right now, and it is quite possible that no matter what the results are today that manager Dave Martinez might not be on that chartered train ride back to Union Station. Continue reading

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Doolittle takes over with a 1-0 lead and exits with a 6-1 loss…

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The win was 4-outs away, and Sean Doolittle who had not pitched in four days looked rusty and allowed 6-runs to score when taking over with 2-outs in the 8th inning. Doolittle entered the game to face Carlos Gomez who was batting .077 this season, and he plunked him on the first pitch to load the bases then Doolittle gave up a gapper double to score 3-runs and followed that up 2 batters later to face callup Rajai Davis who then got him for a 3-run home run. All this came in a game that Max Scherzer threw a 6.0 inning shutout. The Nats only run in the game came from an Adam Eaton home run off of Jacob deGrom. Continue reading

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Game #49 The battle of Cy Youngs in CitiField! Rematch of Opening Day plus a deep dive into Max’s stats!

Unfortunately, this is not a Back To The Future episode of Opening Day 2019, but those starters are back on the mound tonight as the Mets try to win this series up 2-games-to-0. The only two men who have won the NL Cy Young awards the last three years are on the mound tonight, and it is the premiere marquee matchup. When they met last, it was Jacob deGrom throwing the knockout blow on the Nats in a 2-0 shutout. Scherzer was good in that game, but deGrom was better. That has been the problem with Scherzer most of the season — he has been very good but not the dominant Scherzer we have seen in year’s past. Continue reading

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Nats drop to the unthinkable 10-games under .500 with a heartbreaking loss!

Erick Fedde; Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Not since September 11th of 2011 have the Washington Nationals been 10-games below .500 until tonight as the Nationals lose on a walk-off infield single by the final score of 6-5. This was another game that was lost in the bullpen, and tonight the blown save and loss was tagged on callup Tanner Rainey who threw 33-pitches in the game but only 19 strikes. Rainey gave up 2 costly walks and the first batter he walked scored the walk-off run. The Nationals came back in this game twice, but the Nats gave up 3 leads in this game.  Continue reading

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Game #48 Fedde has to keep his team in the game — if not, 10 games under!

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When Erick Fedde was called up as a fill-in for the beleaguered bullpen, he adjusted well to his new role on the team. He said that he found success in the bullpen because he was aggressive in the strike zone, and his 0.00 gave some hope that maybe he found something that was working for him. As soon as you believed that the 26-year-old had found the magic elixir, he was called upon to relieve the injured Anibal Sanchez just five days ago and Fedde stumbled giving up 4-runs in 2 2/3 innings. He lacked the putaway pitch on left-handers that plagued him before. Fedde had previously had a 0.00 ERA in 8.0 innings of work before last week’s issues. His ERA today is 3.38. He will face this same Mets team tonight that he faced 5-days ago. The big difference today is that if the Nationals lose they would fall an unthinkable 10-games below .500.  The last time this team was 10-games below .500 was on September 11, 2011. Continue reading

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Corbin didn’t have his “A” game; Nats offense too little too late

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On this night, Patrick Corbin did not have his best stuff and gave up 4-runs over 5.0 innings, and the Nationals could not capitalize against the Mets spot starter Wilmer Font for more than the 2-runs the Nats pushed across. Anthony Rendon did his part in the game, and Yan Gomes‘ bat woke up as he shortened up his swing and served 3-hits over the infielders including an RBI single. Unfortunately, Gomes was stranded each time he was on-base. Continue reading

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Game #47 Nats travel to Mets for 4 games amid manager unrest!

The rumors are swirling that the Mets could be making a change in managers before the opening to the 4-game series between their team and the Nationals that begins tonight. The Mets have not scored a run in 19 innings and only 3 hits over their last 18 innings. The Mets were swept by the Marlins who did not even pitch their ace, Caleb Smith, in that series while the Mets lost with Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Noah Syndergaard.  Based on current standings, the Mets are slightly ahead of the Nationals at 20-25 while the Nationals are at 19-27. If the Nationals were to win this series, they would emerge ahead of the Mets in the standings.  Continue reading

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Heck of a comeback try, but unfortunately it’s just a loss. No participation trophies!

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It was a heck of a comeback attempt by the Nationals, but unfortunately it ends in a loss. No participation trophies. The game started with 3 consecutive walks issued by Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson that dug a hole for his team. Hellickson was relieved by Kyle McGowin who allowed 3 more runs to score which made the tally at the time a 6-1 deficit then the Nats chipped away with a 3-run home run by Anthony Rendon and a solo shot by Howie Kendrick to make the score 6-5. The Nats scored 4 unanswered runs but could not get that to the 6 unanswered runs to win it. A great comeback stalled and turned into the Nats 27th loss of the season. In the end, it was another of those heartbreaking one-run losses.  Continue reading

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Game #46 Hendricks and Hellickson in the battle of the soft-tossers!

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This game wraps up the D.C. series with the Cubs, and this third game matches up the crafty soft-tossers of Kyle Hendricks and Jeremy Hellickson. The birthday boy, Victor Robles, also returns to the line-up as we reported last night that he was feeling well enough to play after being plunked on the wrist on Friday night. The 22-year-old will be back in his ninth spot in the batting order after Hellickson. Continue reading

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