Harrisburg Senators 2021 Roster Preview – What Doesn’t Glitter is Still Plenty Interesting

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With the Nationals slowly rebuilding prospect depth with more quality recent drafts than early years, and the paucity of breakthrough position talent at the AAA level, Harrisburg naturally draws attention for who might be poised to the reach the cusp of the majors this year. Everyone who aces the year becomes, at least, part of the 40-man discussion and perhaps an NRI next year. Or perhaps, even more. Continue reading

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The losing streak ends in a laugher in the Bronx!

Josh Harrison comes up big!; Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

The Washington Nationals just needed Patrick Corbin to keep his team in the game, and the Nats offense exploded for 11-runs to win it. There were contributions from everyone in the order.

It was the energetic Josh Harrison who put the Nats up by four with a 3-run homer in the 6-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach. In all, the Nats had four home runs in total and Josh Bell, Yan Gomes, and Juan Soto had the other three.  Continue reading

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Game #28 The Nats are in NYC again, this time to face the Yankees!

In 2015, the Washington Nationals acquired Max Scherzer in a way that looked reminiscent of how George Steinbrenner would add to his Yankees rosters in an abundance of riches. The one lesson is that you are never guaranteed a World Series win even if you have the best statistical roster. It was Nats’ team owner, Ted Lerner, who was nearly 90 years old at the time, and he gave a gift to Nats’ fans by signing a right-handed pitcher to the largest contract ever in the form of Max Scherzer. It took four years to deliver a World Series with Scherzer.  Continue reading

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May Madness – Reading into the Minor League Rosters

It all starts at Low-A Fredericksburg, Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

For well over a year, we have been forced to settle for blurbs from the alternative training site, unexpected promotions to the major league level of overlooked talents like Dakota Bacus, Kyle McGowin, Seth Romero, and Yadiel Hernandez, the procession of clickbait offered by pundits telling us whom they think are the Nationals best prospects, and of course, the major leagues’ own list. And, like Charlie Brown missing the kick when Lucy whisks away the ball, we fall for it every year until we have the chance to use our own minds and own eyes once again and see how wrong they are. I’m convinced that the angst that follows Kieboom and Robles is heightened because of the hyped expectations they fell short of. Continue reading

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Game #27 is an afternoon getaway game! Davey Martinez becomes the Nats longest tenured manager!

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This is an afternoon game on a getaway day for both teams. The Washington Nationals need to win this one to salvage a game from this series. The Braves have relied on a grand slam in each game as the difference. Both came with two outs, and yes, sometimes the batter deserves the credit for making good contact. However, meatball pitches are not always converted into home runs, if that was the case, the Nats would have won last night when Victor Robles got a center cut pitch and popped it up with bases loaded in the 8th inning. One pitch usually is not the difference in games, but in the past two games, it certainly has been the case.  Continue reading

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Game #26 when one winning streak ends, another winning streak can begin!

Erick Fedde; Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

In a Major League season, winning streaks come and go. The Washington Nationals four game winning streak ended last night essentially at the point when the opposing pitcher turned a 2-0 deficit into a 6-0 hole with a grand slam on a grooved fastball by Tanner Rainey.

A potentially good start by Joe Ross that could have been a 1-0 game, was erased, when his one inherited runner scored, and the Braves turned it into a five run 6th inning which changed the entire game in an instant. While it was frustrating to watch, it had to be tougher for manager Dave Martinez to see his reliever fall apart on the mound again. The bullpen had been so good in the past two weeks until last night. Rainey exited with an ERA of 10.00. His slider was not working and his once electric fastball felt more like a flickering bulb.  Continue reading

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Game #25 has the Nats with Joe Ross and waiting on the status of Juan Soto!

Photo by Sol Tucker for TalkNats

The Washington Nationals have another series with the Atlanta Braves. The first time they faced each other in 2021, the game ended on a Juan Soto walk-off single in a slugfest. Now we wait for the news on Soto as to if the team will allow him to be activated for tonight’s game. We do know that Joe Ross is scheduled to start this game after the Nats gave him a few more rest days between starts. The Nats did not have a game yesterday and woke up to find themselves in sole possession of first place for the first time in the regular season since May 30 of 2018. Continue reading

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Early Days: But April’s NL East Competitivity Can Last a Season

Winner’s Circle; Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

April can always throw up surprises and false narratives for baseball, and it’s always best to take some of what we see with a pinch of salt. For example, did anyone expect the Red Sox to have the best record in MLB at the end of the first month? But while Boston has done much better than expected, few believe that it can keep it up throughout the season, but we play the games for a reason.  Continue reading

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Lessons learned in a long season; The parallels of 2019 to 2021

There are many lessons learned in a marathon baseball season. Lesson No. 1 is that slow and steady usually wins the race. Of course you need talent and everyone rowing in the same direction to win enough games to get into the winner’s circle, but those who over-react early in a season are usually proven wrong. Continue reading

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A fan’s view of how to make money on playing daily fantasy baseball at Draft Kings

Keep an open mind, I know many people here are opposed to gambling, and this is how you can spend less than a cup of coffee as an entrance fee into daily fantasy baseball. And if you’re good, you can make money back at it. My total investment on this night was $5.25.  This is my new hobby in retirement to put my baseball knowledge on the line to have some fun and even win back a few dollars. Now that Fan Duel and Draft Kings have become sponsors in professional sports, more people are participating. Some people are unaware of how to play the daily fantasy draft of players so here is how I plan my day.  Continue reading

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