Game #51: Corbin has a key start

The Washington Nationals already clinched this series win against the first place Seattle Mariners with wins on Friday and Saturday. Now, the Nats go for a sweep with Patrick Corbin on the mound. Yes, Corbin gets the start after the Nationals announced on Friday that they were moving Mitchell Parker to Monday and Corbin to today.

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Game #50: The 5th Anniversary of 19-31

The Washington Nationals were losing 1-0 last night, and their offense didn’t have a baserunner in three innings. The Mariners’ pitcher had a perfect game going and averaging 8-pitches per inning. Then Luis Garcia Jr. happened. He crushed a Weaver into the visitor’s bullpen on an oppo shot that put the Nats up 3-1. Starter, MacKenzie Gore, looked like the ace that we were all hoping for. He went 7.0 innings and never allowed another run past the second pitch of the game.

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Game #49 Seattle, Washington is in Washington, D.C. for a Memorial Weekend series

The Washington Nationals have a Memorial Day weekend of baseball in Washington, D.C. as they face the team from Seattle, Washington. The Nationals really need to get back to their winning ways more consistently, and the Mariners are trying to stay above .500 and keep their top spot in the NL West with a 27-24 record. Every other team is below .500 in the NL West.

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One-run losses are piling up. The value of run manufacturing and run prevention!

Everything seemed so right on May 10th, and the next day in a 2-2 tie was the pick-off play that seemed to change everything in that 8th inning. The Boston Pick-off Party started the slide backwards. Since that point, the team has gone just 2-9. A team known for its great baserunning got Victor Robles off of the IL for his second start, and the TOOTBLANs were back. Sloppy. Maybe that turned a team that was capitalizing on good baserunning into being more conservative in that 11-game stretch. This was how the team was manufacturing runs in their first 37-games. Also, manager Dave Martinez looked a lot smarter when his team was executing.

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What are your near-term roster changes?

The roster will have a decision to make shortly when Lane Thomas is activated off of the 10-day IL with a knee sprain. He is currently playing rehab games at Double-A Harrisburg. But there are other moves to make as someone has to leave the roster to make room for Thomas.

Don: The obvious move is Thomas up and someone off the roster. I could think of several moves.

Steve: I am making lots of moves over the next five days. I make more in three weeks from Friday when I bring up James Wood on June 14.

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Game #48 A rubber game to win!

The Washington Nationals have a series to win today to at least get things right before their day-off tomorrow. They have their own Minnesotan on the mound this afternoon in Jake Irvin who was born in Minnesota and first drafted by the Twins in 2015. Irvin turned down the Twins then and headed to college, and he hopes to turn down the Twins today.

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If you bat .336 on the season, you’d be an MVP candidate

In 2022, Luis Arraez hit .316 for the season and won the AL Batting Crown. He was an All-Star, an MVP candidate, and a Silver Slugger. He repeated all of that in 2023 for the Marlins in the NL. In his career, Arraez has a .325 batting average. What would the opposite be if a pitcher was giving up over a .325 batting average to the other team? You wouldn’t believe that is possible — yet it is. Patrick Corbin‘s batting average given up this season stands at .336. He is the only qualified pitcher who has surpassed Arraez’s career average. Any other starters who were that bad have been DFA’d or optioned back to the minors. On top of that, Corbin has the worst ERA and WHIP at 6.29 and 1.770 respectively.

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Game #47 Nats bats showed up on Monday

The Washington Nationals snapped their losing streak and got back into the W column on Monday. The offense put up 12-runs on the Twins for a decisive 12-3 win. The running game and the power surge turned the game into a blow-out.

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The Doolittle Effect

Fans are nervous, and some are waiting for the sky to fall. When the Nationals and Orioles squared off two weeks ago in a game matching up Trevor Williams and Corbin Burnes, there were actually Orioles fans calling it the easiest money they would win on a bet. Burnes, the 2021 NL Cy Young winner, took the loss after giving up three runs, and Williams looked like the Cy guy with no-hit stuff. The Nats starter had a scoreless game with eight Ks, no walks and two hits finding seams.

The Nats and Williams found the secret sauce. A combination of pulling him after two times through the opposing team’s batting order and keeping an eye on his pitch count.

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Game #46 Nats hoping to find what they had!

The Washington Nationals are mired in a five-game losing skid and hope to find the same magic they found last year on April 21 in L’√Čtoile du Nord against the original Washington Senators, now known as the Twins. A month ago from today, the Nats were celebrating a walk-off against the Astros and a march towards the .500 mark. The starting pitching isn’t the problem here. Every starter on the mound for manager Davey Martinez did enough to be the stopper in the last time through the rotation, and it was some combination of either the defense, baserunning, the bullpen, or the offense that could not get it done to push a game into the W column.

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