Game #154 Playing for pride and a spot on the 2023 roster!

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

Getting to 100 losses seemed inevitable for the Washington Nationals and last night they reached that mark. Clearly not a good thing unless you consider a key draft pick in 2023 to be the best consolation prize. For the players on the field, they have to dig deep to finish these final eight games. Playing for pride, playing to win, and playing for a roster spot on the 2023 team should be motivation enough to give it everything you have. Continue reading

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The “B” word reared it’s ugly head last night.

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The “B” word is defined as “losing a game by five or more runs”, and more commonly known as a BLOWOUT. For shortstop CJ Abrams, he had not been a part of one of those games until last night with the Washington Nationals. A simple drop of a tailor-made doubleplay throw opened up the floodgates. If Joey Meneses makes the catch, it is simply a 4-run loss and not a blowout loss. Four unearned runs would score after that. Continue reading

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Game #153 Atlanta in for a 3 game series

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The big news of the day is that CJ Abrams has been moved up to the 2-spot in the batting order. Today’s lineup could be close to the 2023 Washington Nationals’ Opening Day lineup if you add back Keibert Ruiz and a new leftfielder. Continue reading

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Game #152 Two big numbers on the line today for the Nats!

Strikeout by Anibal Sanchez; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

The ignominious stats of the day are about what losing does. There are two big numbers on the line today for the Washington Nationals. The team is at 99 losses for the season, and they want to avoid their 100th loss for as long as they can. This is also the 21st salvage game in a series this season meaning the Nats have come into the final game of a series with a chance of getting swept. The team has been swept 11 times this season and want to avoid a dozen of those. Continue reading

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Game #151 Facing Sandy Alcantara again!

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The Washington Nationals have only missed Sandy Alcantara once this season in their series matchups with the Miami Marlins. Today will be the fifth and final time for 2022 that the Nats will have to face the Cy Young hopeful. Continue reading

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One Minor Leaguer Not Getting Enough Love for the Nats is Jake Alu

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After the big trades that the Washington Nationals have made over the past couple of years, it is easy to look at just the big names in the farm system that is now loaded with six players in the Top-150 of all of the Minor Leagues. However, we must look for the possible hidden gems in the Nats organization. This player was drafted in 2019, in round 24. This would make him the 723rd overall pick in that year’s draft. His name is Jake Alu, and Nats fans, he is not playing like a 723rd overall pick. Alu can possibly be that hidden gem. Continue reading

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Game #150 Gray in Miami

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Tonight on the mound for the Washington Nationals is RHP Josiah Gray. against the Marlins in Miami. This starts this weekend’s series and the final one south of DC this season. Continue reading

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Meneses, Abrams, and Vargas have changed the dynamics for the Washington Nationals!

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The date was August 14 when Luis Garcia was placed on the IL with a groin injury, which then opened the door for rookie CJ Abrams at shortstop. Abrams would join a group of mostly career minor leaguers plus veterans like Nelson Cruz, Cesar Hernandez, Victor Robles, and Luke Voit in the lineup. Abrams joined call-up Joey Meneses who arrived two weeks earlier before the trade deadline with Ildemaro VargasContinue reading

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Game #149 Finale in Atlanta

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We have early afternoon baseball in Atlanta leading into a day-off in Miami tomorrow. This is another salvage game in a series for the Washington Nationals. A sentence that has been repeated too many times since the end of the 2019 season. But don’t fret, this was expected this year, although most would agree that it was not expected to be this bad of a showing in 2022. Continue reading

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Game #148 Two veteran starters on the mound tonight!

Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

The Nats have about four more starts for Patrick Corbin remaining this season, and he has a tall task tonight against the Atlanta Braves. In his three starts in September, Corbin has pitched to a 3.20 ERA and averaging over 6 1/3 innings per start.

Ever since shortstop CJ Abrams took over at shortstop, Corbin has looked like a new pitcher. He is relying much more on contact than strikeouts. His K rate is down to 5.0 in the month of September while it was more than doubled that at 10.5 in April. You would expect a K rate that changed like that to spell doom and gloom for the pitcher, but for Corbin, pitching to his defense is working well. He’s almost ditched his 4-seamer and replaced it with a sinker, and counting on his defense. When the sinker is working the bottom of the plate, Corbin has been effective. Continue reading

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