Game #81 takes us to the mathematical halfway point of the 2022 season!

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The Washington Nationals will go into the second half of this season with a losing record and last place in the NL East. Their record at the end of the game will either be 30-51 or 29-52, and that puts the team on a pace of 60-102 or 58-104 for the full season. Both are horrible, but both should help the Nats secure another top draft pick next year to add to the farm system.

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Game #80 Tetreault with the start! Rizzo/Davey extended!

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Another news break from the Washington Nationals came by surprise with no leaks in the team’s announcement that both G.M. Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez had their options picked up for 2023. Continue reading

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Cristhian Vaquero continues with the hot bat in the DSL; Denaburg with another fine start!

The MLB draft is in just 15 days, and as new draftees get added to the system, the current farmhands want to prove themselves. Former 2018 first round pick, Mason Denaburg, was on the mound for Fredericksburg, and after some rainouts of the DSL and FCL, they were back at it. Cristhian Vaquero and Roismar Quintana had big days. Continue reading

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Game #79 Nats have a 4-game series through July 4 with Marlins!

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We are nearing the mathematical mid-point of the season this weekend after Sunday’s game, and the Washington Nationals are now hovering at that 20-games under .500 mark on the season. That’s not good when you consider the Nats were thought to be a 71-91 team on the season, and in order to get there, they would have to play .500 baseball for the rest of the season. Continue reading

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Josiah Gray’s case for being the next Nationals’ ace

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The Nationals have been looking for a way to return to the days of constantly being in contention for championships. Their current rebuild has been spearheaded by Mike Rizzo, the same man who brought the organization to new heights in 2019. The Nationals won that World Series because of their incredible starting pitching, an organizational calling card during their reign at the top of the standings.

Although the Nats currently have a farm system with far more hitting talent than on the mound, the organization’s philosophy remains unchanged: hitting wins games, but pitching wins championships. In order to step into the next phase of Nationals baseball, the team will be leaning on pitchers like Josiah Gray to continue to emerge as true aces. Continue reading

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Hector Gomez report: Nats offer Juan Soto $425 million!

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The baseball world got a jolt today when Hector Gomez tweeted that there were additional negotiations with Juan Soto after the offer of $350 million over 13 years was made over the winter, and the Nats made an offer of $425 million.

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Game #78 Nats are trying to keep the momentum going!

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They say that momentum is only as good as your next game’s pitcher, and here we are with Paolo Espino who pitched well enough to beat the Phillies until a bullpen implosion, and again last time out against the Rangers. The issue with Espino is going deep into games. He actually pitched into the sixth inning over the weekend in Texas going 5 1/3 of one run baseball.

Since Espino’s doubleheader start against Philadephia on June 17, the Nats starters have a 1.82 ERA and that includes two turns through the order for the current rotation of Espino, Josiah Gray, Jackson Tetreault, Erick Fedde, and last night’s hero, Patrick Corbin. Continue reading

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The Washington Nationals current rotation has gone aces!

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Did Jackson Tetreault inspire confidence in the Washington Nationals rotation? He was selected in the 7th round of the 2017 draft, and was never a high prospect in the Nats’ system and was never a consideration to pitch for the Nats as he was probably tenth on the depth chart — yet here he is. Why? Because it’s baseball. Continue reading

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Game #77 Patrick Corbin gets a “new look” defense behind him!

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The statistics say that Patrick Corbin has been victimized the most by the defense behind him, and tonight, manager Dave Martinez is putting in the best defense he has, and to be honest, besides Victor Robles in centerfield, that is not a great defense. Yes, Lane Thomas in leftfield, and Alcides Escobar replacing Luis Garcia, are upgrades on paper. The last time that Escobar started a game for the Washington Nationals was last month on May 31. Continue reading

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Game #76 Fedde is the Nats top WAR pitcher!

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Sans Patrick Corbin, this Washington Nationals rotation on this 8-day stretch are looking like they found a path that works. In two starts, Jackson Tetreault has one earnie on his record, and that was from an inherited runner who scored. Also in two starts, Josiah Gray has only allowed two earned runs. Erick Fedde, tonight’s starter, is trying to best both of them as he adds to his scoreless streak of 7 2/3 innings going into this game. In all and including Corbin, this rotation has a 1.52 ERA in this span. Continue reading

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