C.J. Abrams set to be called up to Nats Park!

Photo/Graphic by Alex Hill

The first prospect piece, from the August trade deadline deal between the Washington Nationals and the Padres, is getting a call-up. That player is C.J. Abrams. We reported through a source this afternoon that Abrams, the №11 prospect in all of baseball per Baseball America, was to be called up if Luis Garcia was moved to the 15-day IL with a groin injury. Per sources, that should happen officially on Monday before the series begins with the Cubs. Continue reading

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Game #116 Nats go for the upset series win

Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats


San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium:  Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch:  12:05 pm EDT
TV: Peacock Streaming
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app

Lineups (subject to change without notice):

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Game #115 Nats go with Anibal

Strikeout by Anibal Sanchez; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

The Washington Nationals did not make any roster moves today because Luis Garcia felt better after tweaking his groin and will be day-to-day. The team’s lineup looks much different than it did two weeks ago. Yes, two of the Nats starters occupy right field and first base for the Padres. But hey, it wasn’t like the Nats were winning with them. Continue reading

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Game #114 Juan Soto in the visitor’s dugout

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Which Juan Soto will be playing defense?; Sol Tucker/TalkNats

This kind of stings seeing Juan Soto in Nationals Park wearing the other team’s jersey. We always new it was a possibility, and now it is reality. It is what it is, and the Washington Nationals are not fighting for playoff spot this year, so just enjoy the game. Continue reading

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The future of the Nats management under new ownership

Mark Lerner spoke to fans between innings; Photo by Steve Mears for TalkNats

One of the things that regular posters like to speculate about frequently on this site is when changes in management might be made once the sale of the Nationals to Michael Kim, or Josh Harris, or David Rubenstein and Ted Leonsis or whomever. There are of course two components to any potential management change – vice president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo (along with, quite possibly, key members of his staff) and manager Dave Martinez (along with members of his coaching staff). Continue reading

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Defense matters…did you know it was this bad?

Mental errors are just giving away hits; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

Defense. Defense. Defense. A great defense behind a pitcher will certainly make a difference. With the season 70 percent complete, the sample sizes are large enough to look into how the Washington Nationals rank.
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The Travel Travails of Jackson Rutledge

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This short Point-CounterPoint is a lightly edited Twitter DM exchange between Don and Steve that occurred after Jackson Rutledge‘s last start.

Looks like Rutledge has a traveling issue 😃. The former 1st round pick (17th overall) of the Washington Nationals in the 2019 draft, at one-time looked like the next great thing for the Nats. The 6’8″ right-handed pitcher with a large 240 pound frame looked like general manager Mike Rizzo’s prototype for the hard throwing starter that he wants on his mound.

While Rutledge dominated in his draft year, the COVID canceled season of 2020 seemed to change everything. Rutledge bounced around in 2021 and dealt with some injury issues and found himself back in Single-A ball for the 2022 season where he has had a mixed bag of results if you dive into his home/road splits.

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Game #113 Win a series?

Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

The Washington Nationals stopped their six game losing streak last night with a spirited come-from-behind win. Now the Nats have a chance with a win today to take this series against the Chicago Cubs today. Continue reading

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Predicting the Future Lineups of the Washington Nationals through 2026

Robert Hassell III; Photo provided by Wilmington Blue Rocks by Ryan Griffith

 

The Washington Nationals are currently in a complete re-build. The first of many signs of that came after trading away Trea Turner and Max Scherzer last season at the trade deadline. Now, GM Mike Rizzo, has traded away Juan Soto and Josh Bell signaling that the team is starting over.

Through these trades, the Nats have piled up many top prospects that should help them win in the near future. Along with those trades, the Nationals have been developing their own draft picks and signings in the minor leagues.

Let’s try to predict the Nats lineups up until the 2026 season. I will make some bold predictions on short-term contracts for placeholders in the free agent market. Clearly I expect new ownership to want to make a splash, but I think they can save their money and not rush the process here.  Continue reading

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Game #112 Espino to the mound for the Nats

Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. | Paolo Espino records a strikeout; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

Where have you heard this before, the Washington Nationals need a great start tonight. They will face Marcus Stroman of the Chicago Cubs. The Nats have now dropped six in a row and desperately need a win. Continue reading

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