Game #96 Nats have a new twist to MBFA

In a rare occurence, tonight’s starting battery of Patrick Corbin and Yan Gomes are celebrating birthdays today. Birthdays deserve a celebration! In the Washington Nationals clubhouse, Gerardo Parra brought back what has been missing since Michael Morse was traded away which was bringing back the fun, and fans now get to witness the home run celebrations in the Nationals dugout. Morse would say, “baseball is supposed to be fun” and as Trea Turner said, “we get paid to play a game”. Combine that and enjoy a new twist of Bryce Harper‘s MBFA (Make Baseball Fun Again). The irony is Harper was known to be “not fun” or approachable when he was in a slump and almost standoffish. On manager Dave Martinez‘s 2019 team, he does not want his players to dwell in the negative.  Continue reading

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The Nats start this 4-game series in Atlanta with a blowout win! Strasburg does it with his arm and bat!

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The first inning almost knocked out Stephen Strasburg who had to work out of trouble and a 30-pitch first inning in which he only gave up one-run to survive and thrive in this game. After that, Strasburg rolled and was the offensive star of the game also. In the third inning, Strasburg led off with a single and scored the Nats first run on an Adam Eaton triple. The Nationals batted around in that third inning which was highlighted by a Strasburg 420 foot 3-run home run that exited his bat at 105 mph. That smash put the Nats up 8-1 in a game that finished up with a 13-4 win in which all starters contributed with the offense. Strasburg finished with 3-hits and 5 RBIs to lead the offense. How many times does a pitcher drive in more runs than he gave up? More importantly, with this win, the Nationals have pulled to within 5.5 games of the first place Braves. Continue reading

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Game #95 This is the series of the year in Atlanta!

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The schedulers backloaded over 60% of the Nats/Braves games after the All-Star break. For high drama, it will work out well for the fans and the networks. ESPN has flexed the Sunday afternoon game to be their Sunday night game. So far these teams have only played 5-games, and the Nats lead the season series 3-2 including a 2-game sweep in Atlanta. The Braves and Washington  Nationals are separated by 6.5 games in the standings, and they are arguably the two hottest teams in the league since the end of May. Now they will face-off in this 4-game series in what could determine whether the Nats are NL East contenders or a team just in it for a Wild Card berth. Continue reading

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Fedde does his job; the bullpen collapsed in a Nats loss

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There will be a lot of second-guessing in this one as Erick Fedde exited after the 6th inning with a 2-1 lead but a low pitch count of 66 pitches. Only manager Dave Martinez can give his reasons for pulling Fedde when he did, but the bottomline is Wander Suero blew it in the 7th inning and that is on him. Suero gave up a lead-off walk and some hits and quickly the 2-1 lead was a 4-2 deficit. The rest of the bullpen imploded behind Javy Guerra and Matt Grace who allowed the game to unravel with a 9-2 loss. The Nationals could have picked up a full game on the Braves who lost earlier. This was a day of missed opportunities. For Fedde’s efforts, he lowered his starter’s ERA to 3.53 and his overall ERA which includes work in the bullpen to 3.50. Continue reading

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Game #94 Erick Fedde gets the call-up for today and a rant about the schedule!

This series between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles was once a good rivalry, and MASN hyped it as the “Battle of the Beltways” which was a catchy moniker for the main event if it was a heavyweight fight. On paper today this is more like a street fight with the big kid (the Nationals) and the little kid (the Orioles). The baseball schedule has these matchups monthly due to the disparity with teams that are “tanking” like the Orioles, Royals, Tigers, and Marlins. The names on the Orioles roster are unrecognizable for the most part, but yet, you play the games and in the 162 game schedule, these are the games the “big kid” must win. Continue reading

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Nats win their 50th game in an 8-1 game! Voth with the W!

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The Washington Nationals got this win in a blow-out, but it was tense in the first inning when starting pitcher Austin Voth loaded the bases with a walk and two hit-by-pitches with one out. Voth worked his way out of it giving up no runs after a visit by his pitching coach Paul Menhart. Whatever Menhart whispered to Voth worked as he closed out the first inning with no runs surrendered. Voth settled down to go 6.0 innings while giving up only one run in an 8-1 Nationals win for the team’s 50th of the season. Continue reading

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Game #93 Nats are in Baltimore for a two-game series

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The Nationals are back in the region, but as visitors in Orioles Park at Camden Yards for a two-game series that begins tonight. It appears that Austin Voth will start today’s game, and Erick Fedde tomorrow night to set the rotation with Stephen Strasburg to start on Thursday in Atlanta followed by Patrick Corbin on Friday. It is hoped that Max Scherzer will return from the 10-day IL to start on Saturday or Sunday and Anibal Sanchez will also get a start in Atlanta in that four-game series. This will also give the Nationals the opportunity to choose either Voth or Fedde to start in Nats Park on Monday against Colorado. The Sunday starter would also line up to start the following series against the Dodgers on Friday, July 26th.  Continue reading

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It’s how you finish #Nats

There are just 70-games remaining in the regular season for the Washington Nationals. If this team just goes 40-30 the remainder of the season, they will exceed the final Fangraphs projection of 88-wins. An 89 win season most likely means the Nationals would be one of the two Wild Card teams, and a Wild Card win almost certainly sends them to Los Angeles for an NLDS against the Dodgers. If we spoke like this on the morning of May 24th, we would be considered delusional when the team was 19-31 on the season. Continue reading

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The Nats win the series but lose the finale

The Nationals clawed back in this game, and got the game to a 3-3 tie but could not get the lead. Instead of going to today’s closer Fernando Rodney, manager Dave Martinez gave the inning  to Matt Grace for the tied game in the 9th inning and he surrendered the walk-off home run to Maikel Franco. The Nats still won this series even though they lost today, and they head to Baltimore after a day-off tomorrow.  Continue reading

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Game #92 Anibal Sanchez takes Scherzer’s spot today!

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For a week, Max Scherzer was penciled in as the starter to pitch this afternoon in Philadelphia. It was then revealed that Scherzer was scratched with a balky back and he has now been placed on the 10-day IL. Anibal Sanchez moved up to take Scherzer’s spot which comes with extra rest afforded by the All-Star break. This is the last game this season for the Nationals in Philadelphia, and these teams will not even see each other again until the last week in September. After the completion of this game, the Nationals only have 70 games remaining in the regular season. Because of wins like last night, the Nationals have the inside track to the first Wild Card spot with a 2-game lead over the Brewers who sit in the second Wild Card spot. Continue reading

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